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Fes­ti­val set for Satur­day in Shenan­doah

The Republican Herald - - LOCAL - BY JOHN E. USALIS STAFF WRITER

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.

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