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Lovettsville Blog: Oktoberfest presents The Reagan Years

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The Lovettsville town green was flooded with enthusiastic music fans Saturday as the 1980s tribute band The Reagan Years came to town. The concert, part of Lovettsville’s free summer concert series, was sponsored by the town’s Oktoberfest, and with 2,000 people in attendance was the town’s biggest concert yet.

Sisko's Smokehouse, Breezy Meadows, and Boxcar Burgers offered delicious food for sale, and those wanting to cool off after dancing could get a scoop of gelato from La Dolce Vita. Refreshments were also available, including beers from Sam Adams, Flying Dog and Loudoun’s own Old Ox Brewery.

Before the concert began, the sponsors brought some Oktoberfest style fun to give folks a feel for the extremely popular event. Some prominent local residents and even a member of the band participated in a stein hoisting competition on the Walker Pavilion stage. The event involved competitors simply holding a full stein of beer out at arm’s length at shoulder level for as long as they can. Nick Lombardi won this fun pre-concert contest with amusing commentary provided by Mayor Bobby Zoldos, but at this year’s Oktoberfest the popular stein hoisting competition will be officially judged by a representative from Sam Adams. The top five men and women in sanctioned competitions from around the country will compete in the finals in Las Vegas, and the winners there will win a trip for two to the Oktoberfest celebration in Munich, Germany. So practice your stein hoisting in the off season!

Another extremely popular event of Lovettsville’s Oktoberfest is the Wienerdog Races, and two ambassadors of the sport – Winslow, last year’s youngest competitor, and Otto, a 3-month-old pup who will be entering this year’s race – faced off in an exhibition race in front of the growing crowd. The impossibly cute race started well, but things went a little sideways when Winslow, not accustomed to racing without clearly defined lanes, intentionally veered into Otto’s lane and accosted him. Otto won the unsanctioned race despite the clear infraction, and both dogs were cordial afterwards, each saying they look forward to meeting the other in competition later this year.

The concert was a blast, and the high-energy band got people up dancing and singing to their favorite 80s tunes. They loved getting the kids involved too, interacting with youngsters of all ages!

Coming up on the Lovettsville Green July 8 is the movie, Kubo and the Two Strings, then on July 15 the US Navy Band Commodores will perform.

This year’s Oktoberfest is Sept. 22 and 23, so mark your calendars and plan on having a great time like only Lovettsville can.
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