SHENANDOAH - Plans have been finalized for the 11th annual Shenandoah Kielbasi Festival, sponsored by the revitalization group Downtown Shenandoah Inc., slated for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 19 on North Main Street.
It will again include Shenandoah’s three "Kielbasi Kings" --- the Capitol Food Market, East Washington Street; Kowalonek’s Kielbasy Shop, South Main Street, and Lucky’s Kielbasi Shop and Deli, West Centre Street.
The festival’s main attraction will be the homemade kielbasa contest featuring private kielbasi makers using recipes that often have been handed down over generations. The contest will have fresh and smoked categories with contestants competing for the “coveted” Pig Trophy, according to DSI.
Judges for the contest will again include commercial kielbasi makers Mark Kowalonek of Kowalonek’s Kielbasy Shop, Mike Stanakis of the Capitol Food Store and Dave Lukashunas of Lucky’s Deli,
The wildly popular festival will also include Ateeco Inc., Shenandoah, maker of Mrs. T’s Pierogies, plus Polish pottery, Matrushka dolls, straw ornaments and various eastern European crafts.
There will also be live polka music by the All-American Polka Band, a wide variety of ethnic and American food plus games for children and numerous vendors.
The Greater Shenandoah Area Historical Society’s headquarters and museum at 201 S. Main St. and the Schuylkill Historical Fire Society’s acclaimed museum at 105 S. Jardin St. traditionally are open during the festival and attract numerous visitors.
DSI’s Bob Kane said volunteers are needed to help with the festival, especially with setting up and taking down before and after the event.
For more information, call DSI, 116 N. Main St., at 570-462-2060.
In a related matter, the sixth annual Kielbasi-Pierogie Golf Open is set for June 15 at Mountain Valley Golf Course, Barnesville, with a 1 p.m. tee time. The event includes lunch, dinner and refreshments all day.
In a bid to foster a favorable appearance for visitors, DSI and Shenandoah Borough are continuing to ask that on Thursdays now through the fall, all business owners and owners of properties on Main and Centre streets “please sweep their sidewalks and leave the dirt in the gutter.”
The borough street sweeper will pick up the dirt on Friday mornings during the early hours.
“We are asking the businesses and the property owners to take pride in our community and make it welcoming to our visitors and tourists,” DSI officials said in a release.
For more information, call DSI at the aforementioned number.