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Willkommen! It's Augustoberfest time in Hagerstown

Festival planned for Aug. 23 and 24

Festival planned for Aug. 23 and 24

August 11, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- It's almost that time of year again to dust off your lederhosen and head on down to the 13th annual Augustoberfest in downtown Hagerstown.

Karen Giffin, community affairs director for the City of Hagerstown, said the event, which celebrates German culture, will be held rain or shine in the city's Central Parking Lot on Aug. 23 and 24. Among other things, Augustoberfest will feature vendors and offer a taste of German food and beer.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $5, Giffin said. Children age 12 and younger are admitted free if they are accompanied by an adult. She said proceeds from the admission fee are used, in part, to fund the next year's event and provide a scholarship to send American students to Wesel, Germany.

Giffin said Augustoberfest began 13 years ago when Jane Burhans, the wife of former Mayor Winslow Burhans, held a family reunion to coincide with the opening of the Elizabeth Hager Center on North Potomac Street.

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"Augustoberfest was formed to celebrate them both ... To showcase the German culture and educate people about different German customs," Giffin said.

Charles Sekula, an Augustoberfest organizer and owner of the Schmankerl Stube Bavarian Restaurant in Hagerstown, said Augustoberfest is a miniature version of Octoberfest in Munich, Germany.

There will be the same German food and beer, but the big difference will be the attendance, he said. Octoberfest draws about 8 million people a year, compared to the 3,000 annual visitors at Augustoberfest.

Sekula said the Schmankerl Stube will provide the food. Among some of the dishes, he said, will be Bavarian roasted pork with homemade noodles, sauerkraut and apple-flavored red cabbage.




If you go:



What: Augustoberfest

When: Aug. 23, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Aug. 24, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Central Lot in downtown Hagerstown

o To learn more, visit www.augustoberfest.org

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