TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The Polish-American Festival is returns from May 18-20.
The Polish American Community of Toledo (PACT) sponsors the three-day festival dubbed “A Real Polish-American Festival”. The celebration takes place 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.
The event runs from 4-11pm on Friday, May 18: from 10am-11pm on Saturday, May 19 and from 10am-5pm on Sunday, May 20.
Musical performances include:
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
In addition to the live performances, entertainment includes dance groups, cultural seminars, workshops, a horseshoe tournament, and plenty of activities and games for both children and adults.
The festival also includes four main food vendors serving Polish dishes like kielbasa, pierogi, galabki and more. There are also desserts, shaved ice, fried food and more.
United North announced last 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.
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.
13abc Sports Director Justin Feldkamp will be a celebrity guest competing in the Polish Festival's Dancing with the Stars event. The competition begins Friday at 7:30 p.m.