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WAYNESBORO >> The first Waynesboro Brewmaster Beer Festival is only a few days away. The event, presented by Mainstreet Waynesboro Inc., will be from noon to 4 p.m. May 16 in the parking lot of Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, behind Waynesboro Post Office, 118 E. Main St. It will be open to those age 21 and older.

More than 40 craft beers from 18 microbreweries will offer samples to attendees. Included will be local breweries Chambersburg's Roy Pitz Brewing Company, Hershey's Troeg's Brewing Company and Gettysburg's Battlefield Brew Works); two from Maryland — Frederick's Flying Dog Brewery and Salisbury's Evolution Brewing Company — and a few from larger cities such as Chicago, Denver and and San Francisco.

Former Waynesboro resident, Andrew Maxwell, will return to town with four beers from his Rivertowne Brewing Company in suburban Pittsburgh. He, along with brew masters from Roy Pitz and Battlefield Brew Works, will each lead educational breakout sessions about the beer-making process and their respective entries into the industry.

Live music will be provided by Jon Ingels and Lucky Punk.

Food will be provided by Caveman BBQ, Dutch Country Soft Pretzels and Main Street Diner.

Bob Steele from the Scorpion Radio Group will act as the emcee of the event, and people can capture memories of their experience using photographs provided by Click Pic Photo Booth.

"Based on our ticket sales so far, I think it's safe to say that this is an event that people are eager to be a part of," said Scott Hershberger, Mainstreet Waynesboro's director of economic development. "The planning process has also been made easier by managers at The Beer Shed and a generous number of monetary and in-kind donations."

Tickets are $25 each for those who will be drinking alcohol, but $10 for "designated driver" tickets for those who don't care to sample. Buy tickets online at www.facebook.com/WBBeerFestival or in person at Mainstreet Waynesboro Inc., 13 W. Main St.; The Beer Shed, 226 Walnut St.; or Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce, 118 Walnut St.

A limited number of tickets will be available (cash only please) at the entrance.

Parking: Walking-distance parking is available at F&M Trust, 200 E. Main St.; The Record Herald, 30 Walnut St.; Gold's Plaza, 118 Walnut St.; and the Rotary Parking Lot located near 16 S. Mulberry St.

Valid identification, regardless of age, will be required at the gate. Smoking within the fenced boundary of the event is prohibited.

"Mainstreet Waynesboro has been organizing annual community events for years, and we look forward to adding a craft beer festival to the line-up," Hershberger said. "This will help raise funds for our non-profit organization while ensuring that we can continue our mission of attracting people to this town well into the future."

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