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Strasburg Oktoberfest changes date

Strasburg Oktoberfest attendees may have to break out the lederhosen and beer mugs a bit earlier than usual this year.

The Strasburg Chamber of Commerce announced on Thursday that it is moving the date of the annual “Oktoberfest, Strasburg Style” to Saturday, Sept. 15, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the center of downtown on North Holliday Street. The event was initially planned for Oct. 6.

Usually held the first Saturday in October, Rich Orndorff Jr., Strasburg mayor and president of the Strasburg Chamber of Commerce  said that the move was due to the change in the Shenandoah County Public Schools schedule.

“We found that the original date of Oktoberfest would conflict with homecoming activities at Strasburg High School,” Orndorff  said. “With that going on at the same time as the festival and the potential traffic issues, we decided to move the festival from that weekend.

Orndorff  said that the chamber wanted to reschedule it for a weekend when it wouldn’t conflict with anything else.

“We wanted to find a date where the weather wouldn’t be too cold or compete with other events,” Orndorff  said.

Even with the event date shifting, the Oktoberfest is still promising the same fun that happens every year. The event is promising food from local vendors, a beer and wine garden, and children’s games.

Oktoberfest will also feature live musical performances from the Virginians and the Con Burch Band and the first ever hot dog eating contest. There will be an adult and children division for the hot dog eating contest and spots are on a first come, first serve basis.

Tickets for the event will be $3 at the door. Kids 16 and under get in free.

“It’s a fun event that’s good for local folks and businesses,” Orndorff  said. “It’s a good way to usher in fall.”

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