You don’t have to be of Polish heritage to enjoy the festivities at the 29th annual Lagrange Street Polish Festival being held on Friday, July 13, Saturday, July 14 and Sunday, July 15 in Toledo, Ohio. It is approximately a one hour, 50 minute drive from Cleveland.
Lagrange Street Polish Festival Taking place along the Lagrange Street area which is transformed into a true ethnic Polish village, this family-friendly event is Toledo’s largest street festival. Last year, the festival attracted over 25,000 visitors. At the festival, more than 30,000 pierogis, over a ton of kielbasa and 300 kegs of beer are consumed by visitors.
Featured entertainment attractions include a pierogi eating contest taking place in the Big Tent on Saturday at 6 p.m. Contestants will be given 20 pierogis and 3 minutes to eat as many of them as they can. There is an entry fee of $10 and each contestant will receive a festival T-shirt, Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded.
Another huge attraction will be the “Dancing With the Echoes” Polka Dance Contest being held on Sunday at 5 p.m. Contestants will be paired with a dancer from the Echoes of Poland group.They will be given time to practice with their partner and then will participate in a Polish Festival version of the hit TV show, “Dancing with the Stars”. Cash prizes for the top three contestants will be awarded.
Live entertainment will be provided by several of the Midwest’s best polka bands.
The Festival will have a Children’s Area where there will be performances by Jimmity Clown, Amazing Portable Circus and magician Dennis Eisel. Other activities for children include sand sculpting, face painting, arts & crafts and finger painting. There will also be amusement rides.
Of course, there will be lots and lots of food for purchase including pierogis, kielbasa, pigs-in-the-blanket, sweet and sour cabbage, hot dogs, pizza, German potato pancakes, barbeque chicken, corn- on- the- cob, shish kabob, Philly steaks and gyros. And don’t miss the yummy Polish desserts like paczki, chrusciki and Polish coffee cakes.
There will also be plenty of Polish beer (Pivo), American beer, soft drinks and bottled water for sale.
Hours for the Lagrange Street Polish Festival are 5 p.m. – midnight on Friday, noon – midnight on Saturday and noon – 7 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $4 for adults. Children 8 and under are free. Parking is free.
For more information about the Lagrange Street Polish Festival call 419-255-8406 or get online at www.polishfestival.org.
The Polish Festival will be held on Lagrange Street between Central & Mettler. Toledo is 114 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a one hour, 50 minute drive.