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Victoria ready for summer celebration





VICTORIA -- The 32nd annual Herzogfest will be Aug. 8 to 9 in Victoria's City Park and downtown area.

The program will begin at 5 p.m. Friday and conclude at midnight Saturday. German culture is a common thread in next weekend's schedule-packed with music, food and events.

Marge Rome, president of Herzogfest's volunteer board of directors, said it is an occasion for the community members to relax.

"I think it's a time for them to get together and just enjoy themselves and each other," she said.

The event retains a German influence beyond its name.

"I think there's still plenty of us Germans around here, and we're proud of our heritage," she said.

The Wes Windholz Band will play polka music at 5 p.m. Friday, there will be a Mass with songs performed to polka tunes at 4 p.m. Saturday, and the Hot Shots Band also will play polka at 5:15 p.m. Saturday.

Fans of modern music will have their own choices.

D.O.C. will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday and cover songs from the Beatles to Mumford & Sons, and country music performers Granger Smith and Earl Dribbles Jr. will follow at 9:30 p.m. The '80s tribute band Paramount will perform Saturday evening.

Aside from music, Herzogfest offers activities for everyone.

The 5K run/walk is at 8 a.m. Saturday, and the fifth annual rod, custom and cycle show starts at the same time and lasts until 2:30 p.m. Bingo, inflatables and swimming games are among the other offerings.

Rome thanked the event's sponsors and the volunteers for helping ensure the festival continues.

For more information, visit herzogfest.colejengel.com.