Welcome fall at Strasburg’s Oktoberfest

Usher in the fall season at Oktoberfest, Strasburg Style this Saturday.

Rich Orndorff, town mayor and president of the Strasburg Chamber of Commerce, said the festival has been held on and off for the last 30 years and the Chamber of Commerce has sponsored the event for the last 10 years.

“The chamber is offering a closing season festival,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for people to come out and see each other and have fun and enjoy themselves in downtown Strasburg.”

He said the festival was originally a very German-styled event, but after recommendations by the community to include American food and dance music, the event turned into a mixture of a German and American Oktoberfest.

He said the festival will include a variety of food, including bratwurst and sauerkrat, as well as hot dogs, burgers, barbecue, funnel cake and pretzels.

He said the American Legion Post 77 in Strasburg is sponsoring the beer and wine garden, along with the Virginia Eagle Distributing out of Winchester.

Orndorff added that from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. children’s activities will also be available at no charge and will include inflatables, bobbing for apples, pumpkin painting and other arts and crafts. The Strasburg Youth Cheerleading team is helping to  to sponsor these activities.

The street dance will include live music that will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. by The Instigators.

He added that local business vendors will be at the festival to showcase their work.

Orndorff said this festival has been scheduled for the first Saturday of October since the festival’s inception. He said last year the event was moved due to bad weather, but is still expected to take place this Saturday.

The only gate to enter the festival is located at the intersection of King and North. Holliday streets. The festival will be fenced off.

He added that about 500 to 800 attend this event each year, but the festival has seen almost 1,000 in attendance.

The Strasburg Chamber of Commerce will also be bringing back and hosting the Upscale, Resale Rummage Sale at the chamber office at 132 W. King St.from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

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

If You Go

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday

Where: North Holliday Street, Strasburg

Admission: $5; free to children under 16.

Information: www.strasburgvachamber.com.