TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The Polish-American Festival is slated to return to Toledo in 2018. The Polish American Community of Toledo (PACT) has formally announced that it will sponsor a three-day festival called “A Real Polish-American Festival” on May 18, 19. and 20, 2018. at the Club 16 facility located on King Road just south of Hill Avenue in Holland, Ohio.
“The upcoming festival will be quite different from the more recent Polish festivals that have been held”, said Jack Sparagowski, President of PACT. “It will be held in a beautiful 20-acre park-like setting and the major focus of the event will be to exhibit true Polish-American culture through music, food, entertainment and the arts”.
“A Real Polish-American Festival” is being sponsored by PACT, a non-profit organization. Proceeds will be used to fund scholarships for Polish-American students and to help fund the building campaign for a new Polish Community Center.
Here is the music schedule for the 2018 Polish Festival sponsored by PACT and hosted by Club 16:
Friday, May 18, 2018: Dynabrass 6:30 - 10:30pm
Saturday, May 19, 2018:Duane Malinowski, 1:00 - 5,
Randy Krajewski and Badinov, 6:30 - 10:30
Sunday, May 20, 2018 Polka Mass with Kiellbasa Kings at 11:00 am, Kielbasa Kings 1:00 - 5:00 pm
United North announced earlier this year that it would not host the Polish Festival on Lagrange street in 2017.
The group says a reduction in staff and construction along Lagrange forced them to interrupt what had been 32 years of Festivals.
United North promises a return in 2018. The Polish-American Community of Toledo (PACT) said it was considering creating its own Polish Festival at the Lucas County Recreation Center in Maumee. That location has since changed to Club 16.
Mary Gale says, "It was like a big family reunion. You had the polish music, the Polish bands, the Polish food."
For more than 30-years, the Polish Festival on Lagrange was the big event for their community.
Tom Jesionowski of United North, which has run the festival, announced it had to reevaluate and didn't t have time to plan the festival this year.
Jesionowski says, "I'm disappointed as anybody else, really."
People have previously complained about security and fewer crowds even talked about moving it off Lagrange Street.
The festival was a time to introduce the culture to new people. A time for kids to perform after working hard all year learning an ethnic dance.
Paulina Tul Ortyl says, "it's hard for them to just come and practice if they don't see any results from it."