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article imagePhoto essay: Second annual Oktoberfest held in Haymarket, Va. Special

By Leigh Goessl     Oct 22, 2012 in Lifestyle
Haymarket - Over the weekend many came out for Haymarket's second annual Oktoberfest. Throughout the day people could be observed walking to Washington Street to check out this year's event.
The weather over this past weekend was another beautiful, warm day for Northern Virginia as temperatures were in the high 60s (Fahrenheit) with a gentle breeze. The area has been experiencing seasonally warm weather in recent weeks.
Local police had blocked off a section of Washington Street for the family-friendly event. The stretch of roadway was filled with food vendors, local business stands, music, dancing, and, of course, a biergarten.
All of the proceeds from the biergarten were to go to Rainbow Therapeutic Riding Center's Wounded Warrior Program. Last year's proceeds went to benefit the Haymarket Regional Food Pantry.
There were two entertainment stages on either end of the roadway. One end featured traditional German music and dancing from the Edelweiss Band and the Alpine Dancers; the other stage had other bands playing different genres.
During the mid-afternoon, Haymarket's Washington Street was filled with attendees. While the 21-and-over crowd enjoyed the biergarten (kids were allowed to come with their parents), this event had many activities for the younger crowd too. Kids were invited to come in costume, and the businesses that had stands at the event offered lots of treats for the trick-or-treaters. Lots to do for the little ones, including pumpkin decorating and bounce houses.
Kids were encouraged to come in costume; even some adults dressed up
Kids were encouraged to come in costume; even some adults dressed up
The Oktoberfest took place on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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