(INThe 11th annual Shenandoah Kielbasi Festival, sponsored by the revitalization group Downtown Shenandoah Inc., will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 19 on North Main Street.
It will again include Shenandoah’s so-called 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.
(Information from Elwood Pierson)