A celebration of Eastern European heritage is taking place this weekend with the 34th annual Slavic Festival in Sugar Creek.

Today and Saturday, the festival will feature traditional food, music, art and historical displays throughout the town.

Festival organizer Debbie Ray said migrants from several modern nations such as Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Serbia are included in the Slavic heritage. The festival hopes to pinpoint issues of “Slavophobia.”

“There are historical roots to this with Slavs suffering oppression from other nations in Europe in the 1900s,” she said. “Our ancestors migrated to America to escape this.”

She said the festival is also meant to share their culture and to “see that we are all one big family.”

Proceeds from the festival benefit community improvement projects in Sugar Creek, according to a press release.

Festival schedule:

Today

5 p.m. - Festival Opens

6:30 p.m. - Children’s Costume Parade

6:45 p.m. - Miss Czech/Slovak

7 p.m. - Kolo Kids

7:30 p.m. - Ethnic Dance Troupe

8:30 p.m. - Sausage Eating Contest

9 p.m. - Live music - Kolograd

Saturday

3 p.m. - Festival Opens

4 p.m. - Village Musicians

4:30 p.m. - PromoUkraine

4:45 p.m. - Russian Heritage Society

5:15 p.m. - Hrvatski Obicaj

6:30 p.m. - Sugar Creek Tamburitzans

7:30 p.m. - Kolo Kids

8 p.m. - Miss Czech/Slovak

8:15 p.m. - Ethnic Dance Troupe

9 p.m. - Live music - Kolograd