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Harpers Ferry to celebrate Oktoberfest

Harpers Ferry to celebrate Oktoberfest

The Harpers Ferry Parks and Recreation Commission is bringing some German flavor to town with an old-fashioned Oktoberfest celebration.

Oktoberfest 2019 will take place Saturday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Town Park, 575 Washington St., Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Pat Morse, office coordinator for the Corporation of Harpers Ferry, said this is the second year for the event held in the historic West Virginia town. She said the event was very well received last year.

“I don’t know how many people attended, but I can tell you we sold out of all of our glasses,” Morse said.

Live music will start at noon. The Woo-Yeahs band, from Frederick, Md., which blends American roots music with outlaw country will kick things off. They will be followed by Lea Morris, who plays contemporary folk music.

“Lea Morris is fabulous. We found her several years ago and she has played for us at many events. Everybody loves her,” Morse said. “She likes to change things up. You never know what you are going to get. At last year’s event, she sang a whole set in German.”

Three local beer vendors (Martin Distributing Company, North Central Distributors Inc. and Mountain State Beverage) will offer nine different Oktoberfest brews.

Brad Roberts, market manager for Martin Distributing Company of Martinsburg, W.Va., said the company has participated in the event since it began.

“It means a lot to be able to participate because it benefits the community of Harpers Ferry and the town of Bolivar as well. Plus it benefits the product we are serving because it gets the taste out there,” Roberts said.

Martin will have three German-style Marzen beers on tap for the event including Samuel Adams Octoberfest and Great Lakes Oktoberfest. They will also feature a local West Virginia brewer Big Timber, of Elkins, by offering its Forestfest Octoberfest.

Other beers offered by North Central Distributors Inc. and Mountain State Beverage, include Wild Wolf Nelsonite Brown Ale, Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest and Wild Wolf Howling Pumpkin.

Food and soft drinks will also be available for purchase onsite from local establishments including Hamilton’s Tavern, a new restaurant in Harpers Ferry, and the Jefferson High School Gridiron Club.

“This is a fundraiser for the club and the money they take in goes toward football helmets. They will be selling brats, hot dogs, sauerkraut, soft drinks and water,” Morse said.

Morse said that even though alcohol will be served, this is a family-friendly event. Attendees must be 21 or older to purchase beer.

“If you are going to drink, you pay the $25 and get a stein and your first pour. If you don’t drink it’s a suggested donation of only $5 and kids under 12 are free,” Morse said.

Admission is $25 at the gate for a signature stein and one pour. Admission with a stein can be purchased ahead of time online for $20 at https://harpersferryparksand recreation.square.site/

“You just purchase it online and we will have it ready for you to pick up when you get there,” Morse said.

Additional drink tickets will be available for purchase.

“Any money we do make goes right to the next event that the Parks and Rec puts on. We put the money back into the town,” Morse said.

If the event is canceled due to inclement weather, a rain date of Sunday, Oct. 6, from noon to 6 p.m., has been established.

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