Augustoberfest to celebrate German heritage celebrates 23 years


The 23rd annual Augustoberfest is back for yet another year. 

One of the largest celebrations takes over Downtown Hagerstown to support the city’s rich German heritage. 

“I grew up in Germany. I spent eight years there,” said Bernie Semler. “My heritage is German and to come out here, get some good food, some good fellowship. Meet some good people.” 

Organizers anticipate several thousand to come to Augustoberfest just over the weekend. From a German Rock ‘n’ Roll band, lively Bavarian dancers to a kids zone, the event for all ages was booming.

“I’m going back to school and there’s a lot of time to spend with my family,” said Karsen Perkins.

“They have a magic show. They do face painting, they do crafts. They do storytelling in German and it’s all free for the children,” said Jill Colbert, Augustoberfest Chairperson. “We have different types of bands that we cater to. We have dancers. So we try to make it fun for everybody.” 

“They got a really good pork roast here. It’s great. It’s nice, soft. Meat comes off the bone great,” said Nash Semler. 

Organizers say the festival supports scholarships for exchange students to Hagerstown’s sister city—Wesel, Germany, run by the nonprofit organization, the Augustoberfest Charitable Foundation.

“I love the beer. I love the food. I love the little shops. Everyone’s always very happy here,” said John Fox, Hagerstown resident. 

The last day of the festival is Sunday from 11 A.M. to 5 P.M.

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