Kielbasa festival pays tribute to first responders

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PLYMOUTH, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A local festival of the most delectable Polish treat is in the books.

The 17th annual Plymouth Alive Kielbasa Festival drew a pretty good crowd. The second and final day of the festival kicked off with a parade with the theme “Thank You First Responders”, an appropriate tribute given the pandemic forced last year’s festival to be canceled.

70 vendors served up all kinds of food, including a variety of kielbasa. Organizers and attendees both agree this is a great place for food and to showcase local vendors.

“I love kielbasa. I’m Polish and it is the place to get the best kielbasa,” John Vesloski of Wilkes-Barre said.

“It’s important and stuff because we want to keep everything in town. There is a lot of vendors that are in town and stuff and every town likes to help their own restaurants,” parade chairman Earl Cunningham said.

For the first time this year, there was a People’s Choice Award event, with festival visitors able to vote for best kielbasa. Tarnowski’s Kielbasa of Nanticoke took home the prize this year.

Money from the festival benefits organizations in the community.

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