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A fall welcome

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Rosemary Clower, of Woodstock, dressed in her German lederhosen, holds her dachshund, Arthur, as she looks at some flowers for sale by the Nature Art Garden Center during last year’s event. Andrew Thayer/Daily file

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Rachel Taylor, center, places an apple into the old fashioned cider press as Polly Wilson uses a pole to push them into the grinder and Mayor Tim Taylor cranks the flywheel to make fresh cider during last year’s Oktoberfest in Strasburg, Andrew Thayer/ Daily file

Mike's Diner plans to donate its proceeds from event to help local child with brain cancer

By Sally Voth -- svoth@nvdaily.com

STRASBURG -- This Saturday's Oktoberfest is the perfect way to herald the end of summer, festival coordinator Richard Orndorff said.

"We're just looking for great weather and having a great time," the town councilman said Monday. "We have Mayfest and you have all of the activities during the summer. Once you have the Shenandoah County Fair -- I know when I was in school that was sort of the end of summer. But this is sort of our way of closing out the year in Strasburg with a nice fall festival."

The festival is 2-8 p.m. on Holliday Street.

There will be more food vendors and crafters this year, Orndorff said. Additionally, there will be musical entertainment and an apple cider press demonstration and samples, he said.

Hometown Strasburg will be auctioning off the organization's banners celebrating the town's 250th anniversary.

Besides traditional American fare, German food will be sold, including pretzels, brats and sauerkraut. Orndorff said there will be domestic beer and a craft beer, Dominion Octoberfest.

Festival patrons also will have an opportunity to help a town boy who has cancer. All of the proceeds from Mike's Diner, which will be serving food all day from the First Bank parking lot, will go to the Friends of Trent Williams fund.

Williams, 7, has anaplastic medulloblastoma, a very aggressive form of brain cancer, according to a news release. He is in Johns Hopkins University Hospital.

Mike's Diner is named in honor of Mike Morehead, who died of cancer in June 2007 at age 31, his mother, Patsy Morehead said. Normally, the money it raises goes to the Shenandoah Community Foundation to be used as a yearly scholarship, she said.

"We decided with Oktoberfest that we would donate all the money to Trent," Morehead said.

She met Trent, who has a twin brother and an older brother, at a fund-raiser last year.
"Our son was a twin, too," Morehead said. "This little fellow has really been through a lot. We're just hoping [for] the very best for him. He's a sweet little fellow."

Mike's Diner offers hamburgers, hot dogs, chili dogs, french fries and cheese fries, she said.
Money for Trent also will be raised through some of the children's activities, such as hair braiding and tattoos, according to Morehead. There will be a raffle for dinner for two at Outback Steakhouse, she said.

Also, children can color panda bears -- Trent's favorite animal -- which will be attached to the food trailer.

"We're going to try to cover the whole trailer and take a picture of it and give it to Trent," Morehead said.

First Bank will have a bake sale in front of the bank for Trent on Friday morning, she said.

The bank is accepting donations to the Friends of Trent fund, according to the news release. Donations can also be sent to Friends of Trent Williams, 177 N. Holliday St., Strasburg, Va. 22657.

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