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Polka, poker, pierogis: 3 day Polish festival

The annual St. Joseph’s festival is just a month away – it’s scheduled for June 15, 16 and 17, at the St. Joseph grounds at 47 Whitcomb Street in Webster. This marks the 45th anniversary of the popular festival, which brings people from surrounding communities to try Polish favorites such as pierogis, golabskis, kapusta, and kielbasa, as well as American favorites.

The festival features live music, games of chance, spirits, kids’ games and fun, a dice wheel, a bounce house, Texas hold’em poker, a cornhole tournament, raffles, Seven Over and Under, and Polish clothing and gifts.

Friday’s events are from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and include fresh seafood dinner specials and dancing to Maestro’s Men.

Saturday’s festivities begin at noon and end at 11 p.m. The day features the Piast Polish-American Folk Group, polka with Maestro’s Men, and a cornhole tournament. Advance registration is required for the tournament; call 508-943-0378.

Sunday’s wrap-up starts at noon and ends at 4 p.m. It will feature a polka DJ, St. Joseph School talent show (2-3:30 p.m.), all raffle drawings at 4 (need not be present to win), and a BBQ dinner (12-1:30 p.m.) with ½ chicken, baked potato, and cole slaw. Advance tickets are required for the dinner, $10; call 508-943-0467.

Directions: From I-395, take exit 2. At the ramp follow signs for Rt. 16 Webster (Main Street). Proceed through two sets of lights. Take the first left after the McDonald’s, which is Lincoln Street. Proceed up the street until you see the twin towers of St. Joseph Basilica. You may park on the streets around the venue. Admission is free.


All proceeds from the festival benefit St. Joseph School.