Cabbage rolls, povitica bread and polka music galore!
The 29th annual Sugar Creek Slavic Festival is Friday and Saturday, June 6 and 7, at the Mike Onka Memorial Building Grounds, 11520 East Putnam Street in Sugar Creek. Hours are from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. both days of the festival and admission is $3 per person. Children under 12 are free.
Along with the traditional Slavic food - such as roznijci (pork kabob), kielbasa (polish sausage) and haluski kapusta (a dish of noodles and cabbage fried with bacon and butter) - and music from the two-time Grammy Award-winning Brave Combo - a polka/rock/worldbeat band from Texas - the Slavic Fest will be hosting the Miss Czech-Slovak Missouri Pageant for the first time this year. This particular pageant is where young women will be showing their ethnic pride and competing for a crown, according to the Slavic Fest website. A winner will be crowned Saturday.
Also, the annual sausage-eating contest will be held Friday, where competitors gorge on polish sausage for prizes. Other music and dance acts like the Sugar Creek Kolo Kids, Ethnic Dance Troupe and Sugar Creek Tamburitzans will be performing regularly throughout the festival as well.
According to www.slavicfest.com , the annual summer event in Sugar Creek attracts thousands of visitors each year to see a living display of the customs and traditions of Slavic immigrants, who helped settle the city in the early 20th century. A museum of artifacts displaying hand-painted Ukranian eggs and Baltic amber, as well as Polish heritage exhibits, will be available for visitors to see Slavic artwork up close and learn Eastern European history during the festival.
Proceeds from the Slavic Festival fund civic improvement projects in Sugar Creek. Past projects from proceeds include a gazebo, walking track and shelter house for Sugar Creek parks and equipment for Sugar Creek fire and police departments.
For those seeking food, fun, dance and music, it can be found in Sugar Creek this weekend.