Hagerstown, MD (August 17, 2009): The Augustoberfest Charitable Foundation and the City of Hagerstown invite you to celebrate Hagerstown's German heritage during Augustoberfest! Augustoberfest is a traditional Bavarian festival featuring authentic German entertainment performing music, song and dance as well as authentic food and beverage, children's activities and craft vendors. The event is held rain or shine under a large festival tent in the Central Parking Lot in Downtown Hagerstown on Saturday, August 22 from 11am to 10pm and Sunday, August 23 from 11am to 5pm. A full list of event activities, merchandise and information is available on the website www.augustoberfest.org._ Explore German culture and folklore through Augustoberfest's authentic live music and dance, including performances by Die Schlauberger, the Heidi and Heimat Echo with Alphorns, and Alt Washingtonia Schuhplattler Verein._ Enjoy delicious German cuisine such as Bratwurst, Bavarian roasted Pork and spaetzle during the entire festival. You can also purchase special tickets for a delectable Bavarian spread during the popular "Fruhschoppen"- German brunch - from 11am to 2pm Sunday. American fare also will be available at the festival.
This year Augustoberfest features an expanded children's area with fun activities and German storytelling, as well as the famous Punch and Judy Show, open from noon to 5pm both days
An expanded craft vendor area also features several vendors with authentic German crafts and much more! A Volksmarch, or non-competitive walk, will take place at 8am on Sunday morning for those who want to take in beautiful and historic Downtown Hagerstown and City Park. A 10km walk and a shorter 6km trail are both available to choose from.
General admission is $5 per day and tickets can be purchased at the gate or by calling 301-739-8577 x116. Children 12 and under are admitted free and must be accompanied by a paid participant. Fr┼hschoppen tickets are $100 each. Check out Hagerstown Magazine's Augustoberfest Prize Pack contest, which includes VIP Fr┼hschoppen tickets, beer stein, hat, T-shirt and many more Augustoberfest goodies! Visit www.hagerstownmagazine.com to enter for your chance to win!