Virginia secretary will be grand marshal for 34th Mayfest

Brian Moran

The Strasburg Chamber of Commerce will host the 34th annual Strasburg Mayfest this weekend with a full schedule of events and activities.

Virginia’s Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran will serve as grand marshal for the Mayfest Parade, which will step off at 4 p.m. Saturday this year instead of the usual 3 p.m. time.

Rich Orndorff Jr., chamber president, said he’s been acquainted with Moran since 1995, when Moran was running for the House of Delegates. He said the grand marshal has been a local celebrity in years past, but Moran’s presence will create an emphasis on public safety.

“We felt that excited about that because of the climate lately all across the country with regards to first responders…particularly with police,” he said. “We wanted to focus on public safety.”

Orndorff said the chamber aims to give Moran a tour of the public safety facilities in Strasburg.

“We’re reaching out to the local law enforcement agencies, the local fire and rescue agencies,” he said. “We are hoping for a large public safety presence.”

The Mayfest 5K will return after what Ordorff said has been a five-year hiatus, this year sponsored by Anytime Fitness. The race and fun run will take off from the town park at 8 a.m. Saturday, and the entry fee is $20.

“We’ve had some interest, and with Anytime Fitness being so active in the community and the chamber, we talked with them and they graciously agreed to sponsor it,” Orndorff said.

He said the Strasburg Youth Cheerleading League will bring back Bingo sessions on Saturday and Sunday, while Strasburg Hobbies will hold its first annual Slot and Model Car Show. Musical performances will come from area talent like John Richards and the Virginians, Rich Follett and John-Robert Rimel with the AlRiGhT Band.

The Lion’s Club carnival will again coincide with Mayfest, held Wednesday through Saturday in the Strasburg Fire Department’s parking lot. Returning Mayfest events include Strasburg Community Library’s book sale, vendors, children’s activities and the Mayfest Duck Race at 2 p.m. Sunday. Street dances will carry celebrations into the night for a third year on both Friday and Saturday.

Despite lacking $8,000 in town funding that was dissolved by Strasburg Town Council last fall, Orndorff said local businesses and individuals have helped to bridge that financial gap.

“It has been a struggle this year,” he said. “We’ve had to scale some things back financially, but we still feel like we’re going to be able to offer a good weekend of family fun.”

He said businesses have shifted their support: The McDonalds of Strasburg has returned as a sponsor and Anthony’s Pizza in Strasburg is sponsoring the parade this year. He said the chamber has also welcomed new sponsors like the Massanutten Eagles Arie 4186.

IF YOU GO: Friday through Sunday in and around downtown Strasburg. General admission is free, but certain events and activities will cost. Find out more and see a full schedule at http://tinyurl.com/jjqafbv.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com