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Mount Airy Oktoberfest set for Saturday

Families can enjoy moon-bounces, crafts and German folk music in downtown Mount Airy at the town’s Oktoberfest on Saturday.

The event will be held on Main Street and runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s the third year the town hosted the festival based on the German tradition.

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Town councilmember Pamela Reed said she started the event in 2017 after attending an Oktoberfest in another area.

“I left thinking, ‘Why not do this in Mount Airy?’” she said.

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The Mount Airy Oktoberfest is also a fundraising event, Reed said, with 100% of the proceeds Ava’s T21 Foundation, a nonprofit that advocates for inclusion, collects from the festival going toward an inclusive playground at Watkins Park.

Entertainment at the festival will include live music from Timmy Mo on the main stage from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Hit Parade from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and the Under The Covers from 4 to 6 p.m.

The second venue for live music will be near Concetta’s Main Street Bistro and will feature the Maryland Accordion Club from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Hagan Haus Musikanten from 1 to 3 p.m.

Another feature of the festival are the biergartens – or beer gardens – which will offer imported and locally brewed premium beers as well as hard cider and light beer. Visitors will also have ample opportunity to grab a bite of Bavarian cuisines, local restaurants’ spin on southeast German food.

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“We try to incorporate as much traditions from the Munich Oktoberfest as possible,” Reed said, adding she encourages attendants to dress in traditional German attire.

Out of all the food available and shopping to be done on Main Street during the festival, Reed looks most forward to the beer.

“It takes us about eight or nine months to put this event together,” she said. “It takes a lot of volunteers and a lot of planning. So on the day of the event we all get to take a deep breath and enjoy the event.”

Reed said 8,000 people attended the festival in 2018 and 2019. They did not have a festival last year due to the pandemic “so we’re really hoping for a great turnout this year,” she said.

The event, which is free to enter, will happen rain or shine.

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