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Festival set for Saturday in Shenandoah
SHENANDOAH — The 11th annual Kielbasi Festival in downtown Shenandoah will be held this Saturday, with sponsor Downtown Shenandoah Inc. making the final preparations.
The popular event was discussed Tuesday at the monthly DSI meeting. This year’s festival will have 15 new vendors and is expanding into a third block on North Main Street.
Started in 2008, the tribute to all things kielbasi and Eastern European culture and cuisine has grown in popularity, bringing visitors from around the region and outside the state.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. along the street, which is closed to traffic, with vendors on both sides.
“We have a little fundraiser this weekend called Kielbasi Festival,” DSI Promotions Committee Chairperson Anne Taylor said at the meeting. “We will need help with setup and breakdown. We always need help”
The setup begins at 6 a.m., and volunteers are needed throughout the day. Volunteers, including students who want to use volunteer community hours, should call the DSI office at 570-462-2060 for more information.
There will be a new mascot this year. The previous years have seen Kielbasi Man, but this year will see his promotion to the Kielbasi King, complete with a new costume that includes a crown, all designed and made by local artist Rosalie Kuzma, Girardville. The other mascot, Bleenie Girl, will also make her rounds along the street, as will Pierogy Man from Mrs. T’s Pierogies.
“We have over 70 vendors, so we will be beyond our usual bounds, which is good news for us,” Taylor said. “We’re growing. It is a wonderful event that cannot be contained.”
The festival was created by DSI to bring people to the downtown area to enjoy a homegrown community event. The downtown revitalization group hopes to bring people from the community together as part of its mission in addition to promoting business and facade improvements.
The three “Kielbasi Kings” — Kowalonek’s Kielbasy Shop, Capitol Food Market and Lucky’s Corner Deli and Kielbasi Shop — will have food stands, and their owners will be the judges in the annual kielbasi contest, which allows homemade smoked or fresh kielbasi makers a chance to submit samples of their kielbasi making from home with the chance to win the coveted pig trophy.
Food vendors will have great ethnic food like haluski, halupki, babka, bundukies and more, including bleenies at the Rescue Hook and Ladder Fire Company No. 1 at Main and Coal streets.
In the Legion Memorial Park, the Shenandoah All-Star Polka Band, made up of musicians from different bands, will perform polka music during the afternoon. There will be tents, tables and chairs to enjoy the music and eat food.
The Shenandoah Senior Community Center, located at the American Legion Anthony P. Damato Medal of Honor Post 792, will host Chengcheng Tang, a local artist from China who lives in Pottsville. In China, he studied oil painting and watercolors, and uses crayon and watercolor pencils for his artwork. Cheng’s art, along with samples of art created by local seniors will be on display in the center.
The new vendors registered to attend the festival are Pampered
Chef, Cards by Jessi, Paparazzi Accessories, Primary Health Care, Crafty Crafts, Dreamcatchers, Paparazzi Accessories, Woodland Creations, Primitives Florals, Bake Shop VI, Country Cottage Bake Shop, Staggering Unicorn Winery, Candy Queen, Faux Farms and Blazing Swine BBQ.
The Shenandoah Police Department announced there will be no parking on North Main Street between Washington and Centre streets from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. There is also no parking on a portion of the unit block of North White Street and a portion of North Jardin Street between Washington and Penn streets for the same times. Signs will be posted. Vehicles that are not removed will be ticketed and towed.