The Whiting-Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the City of Whiting presents Pierogi Fest each year, and this year, from July 25-27, families will flock back to the region for their favorite festival. Drawing almost 200,000 visitors each year, the Festival is the pride of Whiting. It allows people to celebrate their heritage while poking a little fun themselves at the same time. The International Polka Parade takes place on 119th Street on Friday night at 7 p.m. and is one of the highlights of each Pierogi Fest. Entertainment on multiple stages includes plenty of polka as well as a variety of types of music and even a kids area with inflatables and rides. There are polka contests, cook-offs, cooking demonstrations, and vendor booths.
Whiting-Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Karen Gajewski says, “This year is our 20 year anniversary. The parade will be bigger and we are moving things around a little, and there are a couple of surprises in store. It is also the 125th anniversary of the City of Whiting so it’s a big one. It’s quirky and wacky and different than other festivals. It’s fun. We have fun doing it and people have fun coming. People relate to that. The parade is the biggest highlight of the festival and people seem to really enjoy the contests we bring back every year—the pierogi toss and the polka contest. It’s fun to watch. Nothing like watching someone toss a greasy pierogi around!”
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