Strasburg celebrates 36th annual Mayfest this weekend

STRASBURG – “Get your purple and teal on” and celebrate all things Strasburg this weekend at the 36th annual Mayfest.

Mayor Rich Orndorff said he’s excited to be part of this time-honored event that draws over 8,000 in attendance each year. The event kicks off Friday evening with street dancing and runs through Sunday.

“It’s always a thrill to see the town come together in their purple and teal to celebrate Strasburg and the beginning of summer,” he said. “We have a great line-up for this year’s festival.”

The three-day festival is sponsored by the town’s Chamber of Commerce and is the largest fundraising event for the town.

“A lot of local organizations piggyback with this event,” Orndorff said. “It gives them an opportunity to showcase what they have to offer and what services they provide to Strasburg and Shenandoah County residents.”

The festival features vendors from all over the region, including artists, craftsmen and musicians. Other festival highlights include a pancake breakfast, Mayfest 5k and Fun/Run walk, carnival, duck races, musicals, parade, food trucks, and a beer and wine garden.

The Kids Fun Fest Zone, sponsored by Anthony Jr.’s, will offer face painting, laser tag, inflatable bounce houses and balloon artists.

Live entertainment throughout the weekend will include the Virginians, Cazhmiere and The Rock Bottom Band.  

NBA player Ralph Sampson will not be able to participate as this year’s grand marshal for Saturday’s parade due to a business commitment, but his son Robert Sampson, a professional basketball player who has played in Montenegro and China, will take his place.  Miss Virginia Cecili Weber will also make a special guest appearance.

Holliday and South Holliday streets will be closed for the weekend, along with King and Massanutten streets from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Food and children’s activities will be located on North and South Holliday streets.

“We have some great partnerships that we have developed, and organizations that we work with to make this festival happen,” Orndorff said. “It’s always such a great weekend.”

For a full schedule, visit: www.strasburgvachamber.com