The Village of Strasburg, American Legion Post 289, Strasburg Lions Club, American Legion Auxiliary and Strasburg Community Action Network have teamed up to plan a village celebration and fundraiser. The 2nd annual event will take place Saturday, Sept. 3 at the Strasburg Park with a full slate of activities, food and entertainment.
An afternoon parade at 3:30 p.m. will kick off the celebration. The parade will start south of the park by the basketball court, at the corner of Spruce St and S First St. and will end up by the Firehouse off Commercial Street. Participants are to arrive at the park between 2:30-3 p.m. for parade lineup.
The hog roast evening meal will be cooked up by Chris and Mike Daniels. Serving begins at 4 p.m. with the menu including pork loin, sausage, baked beans, potato salad, drinks and more. Meal prices are $7 for adults and $4 for ages 12 and under.
Strasburg, which boast the German Garden Gnome as its trademark, has added Gnome activities this year. There will be wondering gnomes, a gnome display and an ugliest gnome contest in the park beginning at 4:00 p.m.
Nikki Jones and Sara Shumard-Long will be directing the 2011 Little Miss contest which will include a Little Mister contest as well. Contestants ages 0-6 are eligible to participate. Also added to the festival this year is the Miss Strasburg Pageant for Strasburg area high school age females. The last Miss Strasburg Pageant was held in 1974 during the Strasburg Hundertjarfest Celebrity judges will assist with the pageant and the Little Miss and Mister contests which will take place on the stage beginning at 5:00 p.m.
All proceeds from the event will be used to retire debt from 2010 renovations to the Strasburg Community Building. The building suffered extensive water damage after frozen pipes burst during cold weather. Community meetings were held to determine the fate of the building, and it was decided to raise funds to repair and remodel the center. Village President Wayne Wirth was pleased with fundraising efforts but when all finishing touches were complete, there was a more than $20,000 shortfall in revenue.