Celebrating Oktoberfest Strasburg-style

By Ryan Cornell

As a town that was settled by Germans, it’s natürlich that Strasburg would celebrate Oktoberfest.

This year’s festival will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Oct. 4 on the strip of North Holliday Street between King and Washington streets.

Although the Oktoberfest celebration doesn’t formally start until the evening, a full slate of activities is planned throughout the day.

From 7 to 11 a.m., the Kiwanis Club of Strasburg will hold its annual pancake breakfast at Sandy Hook Elementary.

The Michael J. Morehead Classic Car and Motorcycle Show is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at Strasburg High School.

The morning will continue with ribbon cuttings of two new businesses opening in downtown Strasburg.

A ceremony for the Pot Town Organics garden shop will be held at 10 a.m., and another ceremony at 11 a.m. will commemorate the opening of the Iron Rose clothing boutique.

Rich Orndorff, president of the Strasburg Chamber of Commerce, said the day offers an opportunity to showcase the community.

“The great thing about Oktoberfest is that it’s the closing festival for the season,” he said. “We open up the season, the spring and summer season with Mayfest, and sort of close out the year with Oktoberfest.

“Some years, you’ve needed a coat. Other years, people have gone home with sunburns.”

Oktoberfest festivities include children’s activities such as face painting, pumpkin painting and other arts and crafts and games from 4 to 7 p.m.

A beer and wine garden will be open throughout the evening, as well as food vendors selling sauerkraut, bratwurst, German potato salad and American fare.

Live music from Torn, a band that plays classic rock, oldies and funk, will begin at 5 p.m.

“We went traditional Oktoberfest for a year or two when the chamber began doing this,” Orndorff said. “But we found that people want to be able to dance and they wanted something other than just the traditional German food, so we mixed it up and call it, ‘Oktoberfest Strasburg-style.'”

Local businesses and crafters will also have booths set up along the block of North Holliday Street.

“We feel like it’s a benefit to all of our businesses to some degree that will keep people wanting to come back [to Strasburg],” Orndorff said.

Admission into Oktoberfest is $5 per person and free for children 16 and younger. The entrance gate will be located between FirstBank and Sager Real Estate.

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