The annual Lagrange Street Polish Festival sets records every year on attendance and food and beverage consumption, but this year, organizers are going for the world record – the Guinness Book of World Records, that is.
The perennial winner of the annual pierogi-eating contest will attempt to set a world record and put the Lagrange Street Polish festival on the world map.
Toledo’s Polish Village’s annual celebration of their heritage will be held July 11 from 5 to 11 p.m., July 12 from noon to 11 p.m. and July 13 from noon to 7 p.m.
In addition to the pierogi-eating contest on Saturday afternoon, the festival will include a “Dancing with the Stars” polka contest on Sunday afternoon, with cash prizes awarded to winners. Returning this year will be the high school reunion area for graduates of neighborhood schools. It will be open Friday and Saturday from 6 to 11 p.m. in front of the Fifth Third Bank parking lot at Lagrange and Central.
As always, this year’s festival will include a children’s area, craft vendors, a variety of Polish food and delicacies, plenty of Polish Pivo and American beer, along with soft drinks and bottled water.
The best polka bands from across the Midwest will entertain throughout the weekend.
General admission is $3, $2 for seniors with a Golden Buckeye Card, and $1 on Sunday. Children 8 and younger will be admitted free.
Transportation to the festival is available from the Central Catholic High School parking lot for $1 round trip (children ride free).
Proceeds from the Lagrange Street Polish Festival are invested back into the neighborhood through neighborhood home renovations, central business district maintenance and scholarships to area students.
For more information about the festival, call Linda Detrick-Jaegly at the Lagrange Development Corp. at 419-255-8406, ext. 304 or visit www.polishfestival.org.