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Lovettsville Set For Oktoberfest

© Leesburg Today - 09/23/2015

In its 22nd year, Lovettsville's Oktoberfest kicks off Friday evening with the annual community dinner celebrating German foods and brews at the Lovettsville Community Center.

The community celebration revolves around the northern Loudoun town's German heritage, dating back to the early 18th century when a 60-family contingent of German Palatine descendants came south from Pennsylvania in search of good farmland and an abundant water supply. They found it in the early 1730s in the northern tip of what would later become Loudoun County.

Oktoberfest (October feast, in English) has become the traditional form by which the town's German roots are commemorated.

Friday's community dinner begins at 5 p.m., hosted by the Lovettsville Lions Club, with servings of ham, bratwurst, sauerkraut and roasted potatoes along with breads and desserts. The reigning Oktoberfest king and queen, Dan and Becky Reilly, will face stiff competition to retain their thrones when the ""Royalty"" contest gets underway at 6:30 p.m. Contenders will be judged on their regal costumes, dancing and yodeling abilities, as well as their expertise in speechmaking. The king and queen will reign over the Main Tent, when beer taps open at 7 p.m. and favorite musician Ghost Pepper takes the stage. In the spirit of ""if at first you don't succeed, try again,"" organizers will make a third attempt at establishing a world record for the largest sing-along of ""Bohemian Rhapsody,"" by Queen. Oktoberfest organizers urge everyone to join in the attempt to crack the record and to be in place at the tent at 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oktoberfest's main day, kicks off with a pancake breakfast, followed by full day of entertainment, kids' activities, vendors, arts and crafts, German food, live music, Tyrolean dancing and, of course, beer.

Back this year will be the Weiner dog races starting at 5 p.m. Saturday, and a new Dackel Stadium awaits patrons' viewing pleasure as the enthusiastic dachshunds race to the finish line.

For a full schedule, go to lovettsvilleoktoberfest.com or the Lovettsville Oktoberfest Facebook page.

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