This weekend, August 27-28, is the 21st annual Augustoberfest, which will kick off right here in downtown Hagerstown.
This weekend is the celebration of Hagerstown’s German heritage and its roots within our community.
Hagerstown has Germany tied throughout its history, from the founding of the city by Jonathan Hager of German descent to the German deli’s and restaurants around the city.
“It actually started out 21 years ago as a family reunion,” said Jill Colbert, Augustoberfest Chairperson. “The mayor’s wife at the time went to the German restaurant here and asked Charlie, the owner at that point if he could put something together for a big family reunion.”
Augustoberfest may have started as a humble family event, but crews Friday were setting up for a festival with enormous popularity.
“There might have been, over the weekend, one thousand people that came and last year we did over 5,000,” Colbert said.
Last year, the event featured food, beer and entertainment found in German culture. There were beers and bratwurst for the adults, and American cuisine and craft stations for the kids.
“We try to make it an event where it fits all generations,” Colbert said. “I think that’s why people keep coming back.”
Organizers say there is enough to do within the festival that you can plan your whole weekend around being in downtown Hagerstown.
The weekend kicks off with a 10k walk between downtown and City Park Saturday morning and will continue throughout the afternoon on Sunday here in the central lot.
Tickets for the event are five dollars at the front gates.