You don’t have to be of Polish heritage to enjoy the festivities at the 30th annual Lagrange Street Polish Festival being held on Friday, July 12, Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14 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 20,000 visitors. At the Festival, more than 30,000 pierogis, over a ton of kielbasa, hundreds of pounds of sweet & sour cabbage and 300 kegs of beer are consumed by visitors.
Featured entertainment attractions include a pierogi eating contest taking place at 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. A Polish Festival version of “Dancing with the Stars,” this dance contest will award cash prizes for the top three contestants.
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 a magician, a balloon artist and The Circus Experience. 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, hots dogs, pizza, German potato pancakes, barbeque chicken, corn-on-the-cob, shish kabob, Philly steak sandwiches 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. – 11 p.m. on Friday, noon – 11 p.m. on Saturday and noon – 7 p.m. on Sunday. Admission on Friday and Saturday for adults is $4 and $2 on Sunday. Children 8 and under are free.
For more information about the Lagrange Street Polish Festival call 419-255-8406 or get on line 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 from Cleveland.