Friday, 27 May, 2011 1:51 PM
Starts Here: Polish Country Fair is a 'Stay-Cation'
Annual Memorial Weekend Fair Starts Michigan Holiday Season
BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com
are ordering pierogies, kielbasa, stuffed cabbage and sauerkraut
at the 2010 St. Mary's Polish Country Fair.
LAKE, Mich. – Highlighting the annual start to the
Michigan Summer season, The Orchard Lake St. Mary Polish County
Fair kicks off summertime in Michigan Memorial Day weekend May 27
through May 30, 2011. With great food, family entertainment and
fun for all ages, the OLSM Polish County Fair (http://www.stmaryspolishcountryfair.com),
marks the traditional start of the summer season for families young
and old in Michigan.
is the 40th consecutive year that we that we proudly kick off the
start to the summer season in Michigan with the largest remaining
Country Fairs in Michigan,” says Jim Glowacki, headmaster
of St. Mary’s Prep and host to the annual gathering. “Coupling
this traditional kick off with a bit of “Stay-cation Get-Away”
for those who don’t want to make the long and expensive trip
to Northern Michigan. We have found that friends and family simply
want a break
from road rage, long drives and expensive gas to drive up north.
The backyard get-together at the Fair provides a little something
for everybody, from live bands for dancing and Las Vegas style gambling
for card players, to over 45 rides and games with great authentic
Polish food for the whole family.”
the picturesque campus of Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, the Polish
Country Fair opens Friday, May 27 at 5 p.m. and runs through Monday,
May 31. Fair hours are: Friday 5-11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11
a.m. – 11 p.m., and Monday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. The Las
Vegas tent has special hours: Friday, Saturday and Sunday 5 p.m.
– 1:00 a.m., and Monday, 3-8 p.m. Entrance to the Fair is
free. The popular all-day ride passes are $23, if purchased at the
Fair, or $20, if purchased in advance at local Meijer stores between
now and May 27. Convenient on-campus parking is $10.00 per vehicle.
ENTERTAINMENT: Fifty Amp Fuse, a well-known local cover
band will be Saturday evening’s live entertainment for dancing,
beginning at 7:30 p.m. “We’ve expanded the dance floor
this year because this is such a popular part of our Fair,”
says Glowacki. The entertainment line-up also includes: The Howling
Diablos, Killer Flamingos, Boogie Dynomite and the Twistin Tarantulas.
If you like to Polka, don’t miss the Polish Muslims (Saturday,
2:00 – 5:00pm p.m.) and Big Daddy Lackowski & His La-a-Dee-Das
(Sunday at noon). A complete listing of the entertainment schedule
can be found at www.StMaryspolishcountryfair.com).
There is also a Fair hotline for information. 248-706-6775.
CARNIVAL MIDWAY GREAT FOOD: More than 45 rides and games
for all ages, from family favorites for the young set to thrill
rides that teenagers (and brave adults) love. Back by popular demand
this year is the Crazy Mouse, an 80-foot, spinning roller coaster.
Mid America Shows is St. Mary’s ride partner. Authentic polish
food, served up hot by Polish Harvest, is another major attraction.
Last year, Michiganders consumed 27,084 pierogis, over one thousand
pounds of kielbasa polish sausage and over 3,000 golubki (cabbage
rolls). American carnival favorites are also on the menu, including
hamburgers, chili dogs, elephant ears, snow cones and fresh baked
VEGAS STYLE GAMBLING and BINGO: Even if you’ve never
set foot in a casino, there is a game under the giant Las Vegas
tent you’ll enjoy. The Polish Country Fair is a great place
to try blackjack, craps, roulette, Texas Hold ‘Em or poker
in a friendly environment. Poker tournaments, which fill up fast,
will be held on Saturday and Sunday. There is also a separate tent
for Bingo aficionados.
Unique shopping is also part of the Fair tradition. This
year over 25 vendors will offer handmade jewelry, handbags, women’s
fashions, western wear, scented candles, polish gifts and handmade
crystal and pottery. Custom-designed jewelry can be made on-site
and temporary airbrush tattoos will add to the fun.
STUDENTS AND PARENTS MAKE IT POSSIBLE: St. Mary’s
Prep underclassmen, parents and even many alums return each year
to volunteer over 8,000 hours of work to put on this great Michigan
tradition. Trained volunteers do everything from serving food and
cold beer to directing traffic and dealing blackjack. “It’s
a great family event that is also a wonderful learning experience
for our young men,” says Fair Co-Chair Diane Posa, whose son
is a ninth grader at St. Mary’s Prep.
ORCHARD LAKE ST. MARY’S: Proceeds from the Polish
Country Fair help support St. Mary’s Prep, a Catholic, boy’s
high school with 485 students. “In addition to a great education
and championship teams, St. Mary’s has a diverse student body
with students from all over Michigan, the United States and as far
away as Korea, China and Mexico. We’ve been developing great
young men for over 100 years and this Fair helps makes it all possible,”
says Host and Headmaster Glowacki, who is also a St. Mary’s
Prep graduate. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s is located at 3535
Indian Trail in Orchard Lake at the intersection of Commerce and
Orchard Lake Roads.
FAIR SPONSORS: Official fair sponsors include:
Powers Distributors (Molson & Coors), Meijer, DMC (Detroit Medical
Center/ Huron Valley Sinai Hospital), Community EMS, Hudsonville
Ice Cream, Cedar Crest Dairy and Meijer.
2011 St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair estimates that hungry
Michiganders will devour:
• 25,000 Pierogi – including Farmer’s Cheese,
Sauerkraut, Potato, Mushroom, and Potato/Cheddar (Farmer’s
Cheese is the most popular variety.)
• 12,000 Polish Sausages
• 2,000 Pounds of Stuffed Cabbage
• 110 Gallons of Sauerkraut
• 225 Pounds of Dill Pickles
• 140 Loaves of Rye Bread
Source: St. Mary's
Orchard Lake Schools Campus
BY JASON RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com
Daddy Lackowski & His La-Dee-Da's will perform at the St. Mary's
Polish Country Fair on Sunday at Noon.