Strasburg celebrated Mayfest this year, albeit this time in July.

The delay didn’t keep away the crowds that  gathered downtown Saturday for the parade, kids activities, music, fried food and arts and crafts. Hundreds of people staked their spots along King Street for the parade of emergency vehicles, farm tractors, pageant winners and political figures. The parade lasted about a half hour.

Children lined up for face-painting, jumped in bounce houses and slid down an inflatable slide. Visitors perused shops and stopped into eateries along King Street.

Only a handful of the spectators wore face masks to protect themselves from COVID-19 and the crowds made it difficult for anyone to keep their distance. The state recently relaxed the restrictions on outdoor gatherings as more people received vaccinations from the coronavirus.

The Strasburg Business Alliance organized the event under the umbrella of the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce. Organizers cut the number of days from the usual three to two in order to accommodate the town’s July 4 celebration. Abby Walters, chairwoman of the Mayfest committee, has said that the pandemic forced organizers to cancel the event last spring and delayed this year’s festival, which also prevented them from bringing in the carnival. Walters has said the organizers intend to return the festival to the third weekend in May.

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