The Polish Street Fair and Festival is again canceled this year.
The cancellation marks the third year in a row that the iconic street fair and festival, which has been held the second weekend in August since its inception in 1975, will not take place.
The show was canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and by the uncertainty due to COVID last year.
The Polish Municipal Civic Association, which has hosted the fair since its inception in 1975, had planned to resume the fair this year, civic association treasurer Bob Gottschalk said. But event chairman Kay Davis died in February and then the Lincoln Street headquarters was badly damaged when a pipe in an upstairs bathroom froze and burst, it said. he declares.
“We came in one day and there was three inches of water,” Gottschalk said. “So we took care of that.”
The remediation work has been extensive, he said. The civic organization had to rip out the interior walls and floors.
“We just finished with the insurance company,” Gottschalk said.
The fair will return in 2023, he said.
The event draws thousands of visitors to Polish Town USA every summer, to browse and shop some 250 vendor stalls, sample Polish culinary specialties, and enjoy Polka music and Polish culture.
Polish Hall will host a one-day Polish festival, tentatively scheduled for August 20
Polish Hall, a food hall and meeting hall on Marcy Avenue, will host a one-day Polish festival in August as it did last year, said Tom Nazjdion, president of the Riverhead Polish Independent Club, which owns and operates the venue.
The Polish Hall event is tentatively scheduled for August 20, Nazjdion said. The group is planning an outdoor festival with traditional Polish food, drinks and a Polish band until around 5 p.m., Nazjdion said. Then there will be a party inside the venue with food and drink, a Polish DJ and dancing until midnight, he said. More details will be available soon.
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