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Kielbasi Fest is over, but not DSI's summer fun

May 23, 2014

By John E. Usalis, Republican & Herald, Pottsville, Pa.

May 23--SHENANDOAH -- The seventh annual Kielbasi Festival may be history, but the next few months has Downtown Shenandoah Inc. planning other fun summer events.

The DSI board met Tuesday and one of the subjects was the festival, which was held on Saturday and drew a huge crowd of people for the great Eastern European food, crafts and live entertainment.

Promotions Committee Chairwoman Anne Taylor said it was a great time for everyone.

"The Kielbasi Festival was a huge success despite the weather," Taylor said. "It was a little bit chilly and we had some threats of rain, but the crowd stayed. It was very festive."

Taylor said much credit goes to the many people who helped throughout the day.

"Of course, we want to thank all of our DSI volunteers for coming together and making it happen," she said. "We also had volunteers from the town and the school kids volunteering. It's always great to see the community, including the kids, pull together for an event like this. It really helps bring the town together."

A report on what was raised at the festival and other statistics will be available at a later date.

Taylor did announce the winners of the homemade kielbasi contest, which provides an opportunity for amateur, noncommercial kielbasi makers to enter their homemade product, either fresh or smoked or both. There were 14 contestants.

The winners in the fresh kielbasi category were Brian Bolich, Gordon, first place; and Tom Tirpak, Lansford, second place. The smoked kielbasi category winners were Tom Zajak, McAdoo, first place; and Brian Turton, Tamaqua, second place.

The winner of the lottery basket was Ruth Goldstein, Hazleton.

Commemorative festival T-shirts are still available in limited quantities. Call the DSI office at 570-462-2060 for information.

The next DSI event is the second annual Kielbasi-Pierogie Golf Tournament, which will be held June 20, at Mountain Valley Golf Course. The tournament is a 1 p.m. shotgun start, with lunch and registration from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Refreshments are available all day, there are flight prizes, closest to the pin, longest drive and more. Dinner, awards presentations and raffles will begin at 5:30 p.m.

"We have a nice number of teams signed up already, but of course we are still accepting more," Taylor said.

The next event is an ice cream social on July 23.

"We will auction off the first six quarts of Yuengling Ice Cream made," Taylor said. "The cartons are numbered. Yuengling came out with its new line of ice cream and they set aside the first cartons that came off the assembly line and donated them to us as part of a fundraiser."

DSI Vice President Karen Kenderdine said the auction will equally benefit DSI and Avenues. Other items are being selected for the auction.

"It will be at Mountain Valley Golf Course," Kenderdine said. "It will be an ice cream social and auction. There will be a full ice cream bar with only Yuengling ice cream. There will be entertainment. It will be a very fun event. George Blum is donating his services as the auctioneer."

The event, sponsored by First National Bank, will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Donation is $10 per person.

"And, of course, the following month is Heritage Day, which is Saturday, Aug. 23, in Girard Park," Taylor said. "The Parade of Nations is at 10 a.m."


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