The annual Polka Parade kicked off the 2014 Pierogi Festival, drawing thousands of people to Whiting.
WHITING | The Pieroguettes flitted past in their red dresses and pierogi shawls, their hats adorned with potatoes, cheese and other pierogi fillings.
Contestants dig into their baskets of pierogi's Sunday afternoon during the annual eating contest at the Whiting Pierogi festival.
Jeff Starek stuffs his mouth full of pierogi in his attempt to become the 2013 pierogi eating champion Sunday afternoon at the Whiting Pierogi Festival.
Angel Mutz Joliet Illinois holds her position as she soaks in the fact that she just got knocked out of the pierogi toss contest Sunday afternoon.
Bill Zaffino, the 2012 pierogi eating champion, couldn’t hang this year at the eating contest in Whiting Sunday afternoon.
Contestants get re-oiled halfway through the pierogi tossing contest Sunday afternoon at the Pierogi Festival in Whiting.
Contestants chuck their pierogi Sunday afternoon during the annual contest at the festival in Whiting.
Mike Orlando of Gurnee Illinois stands back and greases up his hands before the annual Pierogi Tossing competition.
The 2013 Pierogi Festival began with its annual parade featuring an assortment of characters.
WHITING | When 119th Street in downtown Whiting closes the morning before the infamous Pierogi Fest begins, it's a rush to get the entire festival set up in 24 hours.
The Pierogi Fest, unfolding with trademark food and fun July 26-28 in downtown Whiting.
WHITING | The city's annual three-day homage to the humble, delicious pierogi and all things ethnic including babushkas, has made the top 10 list of bizarre festivities compiled by global travel website TripAdvisor.
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