This year marks the 25th anniversary of Augustoberfest, the German heritage festival traditionally held in downtown Hagerstown.
However, the Augustoberfest Charitable Foundation announced last week that this year's festival is moving out of Hagerstown and will be held at the Washington County Agricultural Center on the Sharpsburg Pike.
"This is a monumental year for the festival, and the foundation is very excited for the location change as it will allow more space for everyone to enjoy this incredible event that pays tribute to the local area’s rich German heritage," the foundation said in a news release.
The foundation said the new location will allow room for more artisan vendors and games, "such as corn hole and axe throwing."
Children's activities and live entertainment are planned in addition to traditional German foods, beer and wine.
Chairwoman Jill Colbert thanked Hagerstown officials for their 24-year partnership, but added, “it has been a great experience working with the city; however, the county’s agricultural center provides additional space to continue enhancing the longest-running festival in Hagerstown and Washington County with keeping the feeling like you are visiting a Das Festhaus in Bavaria.”
The foundation pledged to continue providing scholarship funds to the Sister City Foundation as well as aid to other local education and arts and entertainment nonprofit organizations.
Festival dates are Aug. 21 and 22. General admission is $10; free for general admission; free for children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased online this year at augustoberfest.org; sales are expected to begin by early May. Admission can still be paid at the entry gate with cash or card.
This article originally appeared on The Herald-Mail: Augustoberfest to return to Hagerstown in 2022, but in a new location