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Polish festival this weekend!!!

I'm at the polish festival right now. Low turn out, nice weather, great polka music for only $4

created by OhioKimono on Jul 13, 2013 at 02:31:08 pm     Comments: 42

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posted by Molsonator on Jul 13, 2013 at 02:50:49 pm     #  

Here are few pics from my cellphone of the festival this year. We had fun at the festival!

posted by OhioKimono on Jul 13, 2013 at 04:06:25 pm     #  

Is that the guardian angels perogi eating team?

posted by jhop on Jul 13, 2013 at 07:19:41 pm     #   6 people liked this

^^ They came out in response to the following crime:

posted by historymike on Jul 13, 2013 at 08:15:41 pm     #   2 people liked this

Nothing says fun like walking around on hot asphalt in Toledo's worst neighborhood, drinking flat, warm beer out of a plastic cup.

posted by MemyselfandI on Jul 14, 2013 at 01:44:43 pm     #   1 person liked this

Nothing says you need to find a better use of your time than logging onto a city-centric message board and posting your negative drivel in a thread about an area's cultural celebration.

posted by Johio83 on Jul 14, 2013 at 03:04:49 pm     #   11 people liked this

JOhio83 - amen. I am completely dishearten by the comments made about an otherwise fun family friends event put on by people working hard to make a change for the better.

The food was good, the polka was live and fun, I will be going back next year and bringing more friends and family with me.

posted by OhioKimono on Jul 14, 2013 at 04:48:02 pm     #  

I went last year and enjoyed it but sadly didn't make it this year. The Light House Festival was also going on which I did attend.

Here is a panoramic I made with my cell phone of the Toledo Symphony playing there.

http://i.imgur.com/uZ7KTlS.jpg

posted by INeedCoffee on Jul 16, 2013 at 11:13:38 pm     #  

Kevlar recommended.

http://www.toledoblade.com/Police-Fire/2014/07/12/At-least-three-injured-in-shooting.html

posted by 6th_Floor on Jul 12, 2014 at 12:46:40 pm     #   1 person liked this

Ok. I know no one is going to believe this one. This morning the wife informed me that we are having a traditional Polish kielbasa dinner tonight. We still had some in the freezer from Stanley's that her sister brought us on last visit. Then I see the thing on the Blade site about the shooting in my old neighborhood (now just Da Hood) and was reminded that the Polish fest was today. Then 10 minutes ago a knock at the door. Wife answered and a lady with a very heavy accent asked for me. I went to the door and two very pretty ladies standing there. They explained they found me on Google and were looking for someone in our area that could speak fluent Polish and English. I swear on the graves of all my dead ancestors and parents I am not making one bit of this up!! And Busia, if it's you please knock it off!!!

posted by Wydowmaker on Jul 12, 2014 at 02:17:16 pm     #   4 people liked this

MemyselfandI posted at 01:44:43 PM on Jul 14, 2013:

Nothing says fun like walking around on hot asphalt in Toledo's worst neighborhood, drinking flat, warm beer out of a plastic cup.

Quite the opposite. The Stawski was ice cold, Stanley's pierogis delicious, the music phenomenal, the police presence HUGE and we'll be going back today. During the festival, its the safest place to be in Toledo.

BTW, did anyone else catch "The Stain" at the festival? He was hanging around with the legalize dope bunch just outside the entrance. At one point he came in to the music tent and took up a wallflower position at the rear entrance. It was quite evident that most didn't know who he was and/or didn't care. We're among the latter. What a loser.

posted by Foodie on Jul 13, 2014 at 06:44:30 am     #  

He was probably just there in his official capacity as an elections official. Poles and all that.

posted by justread on Jul 13, 2014 at 10:40:53 am     #  

I can go to my Busia's and get the same food and drink without the chance of getting shot.

Grandpa won't even go to Lagrinka anymore and he grew up there.

posted by lfrost2125 on Jul 13, 2014 at 10:43:59 am     #  

Used to go avery year, but have lost interest in most of these festivals for my own reasons. I think it is sad that this festival and now the Strawberry in holland have had to resort to fencing the area in.....Birmingham probably not too far behind

posted by Hoops on Jul 13, 2014 at 03:18:19 pm     #  

lfrost2125 posted at 10:43:59 AM on Jul 13, 2014:

I can go to my Busia's and get the same food and drink without the chance of getting shot.

Grandpa won't even go to Lagrinka anymore and he grew up there.

Well, not all of us have a Busia so we do the next best thing - The Polish Festival.

Surprising as you might find this, we went Saturday and Sunday, had a great time and, when we got home, we checked each other for bullet holes - and found none!

Lots of your Grandpa's former neighbors were there having a wonderful time.

posted by Foodie on Jul 14, 2014 at 08:33:47 am     #   2 people liked this

This might be sacrilege, but maybe it's time for the Polish festival be moved elsewhere in the city. I'm guessing throughout Toledo and the metro area there is a ton of interest (and money) being left on the table because people wont venture to the "Nort" end. Polish ethincity or not, people around here do like what it has to offer (polka, beer, pierogies) ...... For what it's worth, I think the closest thing to the Polish festival is the All Saints Festival in Rossford.....minus the gangs.

posted by BulldogBuckeye on Jul 14, 2014 at 10:12:42 am     #  

Would you say the same thing about the OWE Festival? How about the Greek Festival? The Latino, Irish or African-American Festivals?

For the record, we saw no gangs or other hoards of unsavory characters while at the festival this weekend. Just a lot of people enjoying themselves.

I fully understand what has happened to that neighborhood over the years but the Polish Festival is not to be feared. Again, the police presence was huge.

posted by Foodie on Jul 14, 2014 at 01:46:19 pm     #   2 people liked this

No (that'd be stupid) yes yes and yes. All would see bigger crowds in different loca Its not my personal reasoning....its my perception as to why more people don't attend. I don't think you'd argue that the German American Festival would be far less popular if it were located South and Western, for example.

posted by BulldogBuckeye on Jul 14, 2014 at 02:59:56 pm     #  

I'm way more scared at the German American festival, with it's thousands of drunk people than I ever am at the Polish festival.

posted by upso on Jul 14, 2014 at 03:28:12 pm     #   2 people liked this

upso posted at 03:28:12 PM on Jul 14, 2014:

I'm way more scared at the German American festival, with it's thousands of drunk people than I ever am at the Polish festival.

SERIOUSLY. That festival is a shitshow.

posted by endcycle on Jul 15, 2014 at 09:32:00 am     #   1 person liked this

GAF is a money maker for the Oregon Police. I am glad I can walk to it !! The later it gets, the worse it gets. Resembles a zombie crawl

posted by Hoops on Jul 15, 2014 at 09:45:26 am     #   1 person liked this

But those potato pancakes though.

posted by stooks on Jul 15, 2014 at 09:55:54 am     #  

while the GAF is a pain in the ass for some people (for the legit reasons posted here)....but the fact remains-its by far the most popular festival in Toledo. I don't even think it's close. Part of that reason, in my opinion, is because of it's location.....not where it is......but where it is not.

posted by BulldogBuckeye on Jul 15, 2014 at 11:17:18 am     #  

It's ironic that it always seems to be the people who don't actually attend events like this who are the ones disparaging them.

posted by Johio83 on Jul 15, 2014 at 11:24:10 am     #  

The GAF is a GREAT festival. Tens of thousands having a great time enjoying lots of food, drink, music and traditions. We attend each day and thoroughly enjoy it. But, we ALWAYS have a DD. And, we typically get there early and leave before amateur hour starts.

posted by Foodie on Jul 15, 2014 at 11:46:37 am     #  

No Polish Festival this year

posted by Foodie on Mar 28, 2017 at 11:42:34 am     #  

All things considered, although smaller, All Saints Festival in Rossford offers polish food, polka music, and overall a much much safer environment. Advantage: All Saints.

posted by BulldogBuckeye on Mar 28, 2017 at 11:59:37 am     #  

I won't argue your statement - BUT, the Polish food offered at All Saints doesn't begin to come close to the offerings (variety - not necessarily quality - frankly, IMHO, the food at both is nothing to write home about). Neither does the Polka music. All Saints is your typical, suburban, anti-septic gathering while the LaGrange St. Festival is a lively atmosphere complete with lots of Polish old-timers enjoying themselves in the heart of the actual Polish neighborhood.

We've never felt afraid at the Polish Festival. Police are everywhere. Then again, we don't go there after dark.

posted by Foodie on Mar 28, 2017 at 12:11:33 pm     #   1 person liked this

Is it too late to promise them golf carts?

posted by justread on Mar 28, 2017 at 01:55:54 pm     #   2 people liked this

No festival, no golf carts, no beer. What a sad situation.

posted by madjack on Mar 28, 2017 at 02:42:44 pm     #  

Aw crap. I love the polish festival. :/ ah well. Next year!

posted by endcycle on Mar 28, 2017 at 02:44:22 pm     #  

Langranke will have no beer, that's why we drink it here......

posted by BulldogBuckeye on Mar 28, 2017 at 05:11:18 pm     #   1 person liked this

There is talk about moving it to thee Lucas County Fairgrounds.......or I would not mind if they moved it to Oak Shade Grove where the GAF resides

posted by Hoops on Mar 30, 2017 at 07:15:37 am     #  

Interesting. The fairgrounds seems way too big for the draw the festival currently has.

posted by upso on Mar 30, 2017 at 08:55:06 am     #  

Oak Shade Grove would likely never happen but the Rec Center or the LC Fairgrounds could be a viable option. I'd guess attendance would increase exponentially - especially if they spent some $$ advertising the event.

posted by Foodie on Mar 30, 2017 at 09:00:10 am     #  

upso posted at 08:55:06 AM on Mar 30, 2017:

Interesting. The fairgrounds seems way too big for the draw the festival currently has.

True, but I think part of the reason the festival attendance dropped off is due to the location.

Over time, it may be possible to build attendance back up to the point where the rec center or fairgrounds makes sense.

My husband is Polish, and he used to go every year. Stopped after we had kids - I think he'd consider taking our kids to the festival if it relocated somewhere else.

posted by mom2 on Mar 30, 2017 at 11:04:29 am     #  

There has been a Polish picnic the last 2 years at Oak Shade Grove. http://www.wtol.com/story/32251147/which-polish-festival-is-better-you-decide

posted by TrilbyGuy on Mar 30, 2017 at 11:13:41 am     #  

Yesterday's update in the Blade and the clip I saw on ch. 13 this am makes it pretty clear the location is the problem - and I get that.

As I stated previously, we always felt safe at the Polish festival - but we purposely did not attend at night. We have no reservations attending any of the other festivals after dark. I'm guessing we're not alone in that behavior.

posted by Foodie on Mar 30, 2017 at 11:15:24 am     #  

Nothing sez Polish pride like polkas echoing down Key Street in WASP-ville. :>)

If its going to a suburb......Rossford would seem to be a logical landing spot.

Then again...why not downtown Toledo somewhere?

posted by BulldogBuckeye on Mar 30, 2017 at 11:19:30 am     #  

Or, Centennial Terrace...but any "place" other than a city street, is going to cost $$ for the group/groups sponsoring it. Add to that $$ for the bands, tents, etc...

posted by llz on Mar 30, 2017 at 12:23:59 pm     #  

My family and I have always enjoyed the Polish festival. Can't believe there won't be one this year. I agree with Foodie, if you go during the day, there's no worries. If the crowds are dwindling, it may be time to find another venue that is more stable. My top choice would be the Lucas County fairgrounds. Not crazy about Oak Shade Grove because I don't think it would increase attendance there.

posted by bikerdude on Apr 07, 2017 at 08:42:17 pm     #  

Went to the Polish picnic at oak shade this evening. I would guess around 300 people were there. The biggest bummer for me was Stanley's was sold out of perogies.

posted by TrilbyGuy on Jun 17, 2017 at 10:47:28 pm     #