By JULIE E. GREENE
Area residents will have the opportunity to sample German food and entertainment during the second annual Augustoberfest on Saturday.
This year's celebration of Hagerstown's sister city affiliation with Wesel, Germany, will include a volksmarch - or noncompetitive walk - through City Park and Rose Hill Cemetery, officials said.
Germany was one of four European countries where volksmarches originated, said Piedmont Pacers Trailmaster Chuck Merkel. The Carroll County-based Pacers are sponsoring the walk.
The walks are good exercise and give people a chance to meet new friends, said Charlie Sekula, Augustoberfest chairman.
Participants in the volksmarch can choose between routes of 5, 6, 10 or 11 kilometers, Merkel said. They can walk as far as they feel comfortable and stop to shop along the way, he said.