New Strasburg festival coincides with cycling event

STRASBURG — The Strasburg Chamber of Commerce will hold a festival downtown on Saturday.

Rich Orndorff Jr., Strasburg Chamber of Commerce president and the town’s new mayor starting July 1,  said this will be the  inaugural year for the festival, called Summerfest, and will mirror the Mayfest festivities, but on a smaller scale.

“It’s a fun afternoon,” he said. “It gives people something to do and it gets people in the downtown area.”

He said the town will take advantage of the influx of people in town for Bike Virginia as Strasburg will host the first rest stop from 7 a.m. to noon.

“The chamber thought that it would be a great idea to couple the event in conjunction with Bike Virginia since there will be so many people in the area this weekend,” he said.

Food vendors will begin offering lunch following this event. Summerfest will begin at 2 p.m. and last until about 9 p.m. along North Holliday Street.

Activities include old-fashioned BINGO, sponsored by Strasburg Youth Cheerleading, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and a duck race, sponsored by the Ramada of Strasburg, beginning at 4 p.m. These two events were previously scheduled to take place at Mayfest, but were canceled due to the weather, Orndorff said.

A beer and wine garden will be open from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., as well as craft vendors.

Live entertainment for the street dance featuring Clay Arthur and the Mystic Pistols will begin at 6 p.m.

“It’s a free night of entertainment for the public,” he said.

Orndorff said the chamber has also reached out to the local downtown business owners asking if they would like to extend their business hours to take advantage of the people coming in for the festival and Bike Virginia.

“We felt that it would be very beneficial,” he said. “I think that for Shenandoah County, this is a great economic boost having Bike Virginia here and we as the Strasburg chamber and we as Strasburg felt like it was an opportunity to do a little something.”

Admission to the event is free.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com