TOLEDO, Ohio (13abc Action News) - Polka music, delicious food and family fun. The 32nd annual Lagrange Street Polish Festival is underway in north Toledo.
"There's all kinds of things that people will be able to do," Terry Glazer, CEO of United North said.
Thousands of people are expected to come through the gates, to eat, dance and enjoy everything and anything Polish.
"It's nice to know that we've had a booth at this festival every single year since the beginning," Nick Jacobs, with Stanley's Market told 13abc.
Stanley's is one of many vendors that has set up shop. For the last 32 years they've served up Polish favorites, peirogi and kielbasa.
"It's just a great time of the year for everybody to get together," Jacobs said. "It's great for the neighborhood."
It takes organizers an entire to plane everything; from the food and entertainment all the way down to security.
"We have anywhere from 8 to 12 officers at a time working," Officer Phil Carroll with the Toledo Police Department said. "We usually use the same officers from year to year."
Officers watch the grounds and crowds to make everything runs smoothly.
In the last few years, some adjustments have been made to help keep everyone safe, like fences around the entire festival and no allowing anyone under 18 to visit without an adult.
"The biggest thing we want to emphasize to the people coming in is, this is a family festival. We don't want problems and we don't want trouble," Carroll said. "We haven't had an issue here in the last several years."
And they'd like to keep it that way. After all, all of the money from drinks and admission go right back to the neighborhood.
"It goes for a scholarship for one of our neighborhood seniors, it goes to help our homeowners and it goes to help improve the business district as well," Glazer said.