Since it’s beginnings as a single-day event on July 4, 1986, the Sugar Creek Slavic Festival has grown to become one of the premier celebrations of Slavic culture in the nation. The Fair & Festival Board patterned the event after the very successful St. Cyril’s Folk Festival that was held annually in the 1970s. Now after 30 years, the Slavic Festival attracts thousands of visitors each year to see a living display of the customs and traditions passed down by the Slavic immigrants who helped settle Sugar Creek in the early 20th Century.
As in the past, the Sugar Creek Fair and Festival Board sponsors the Slavic Festival. The board consists of area civic and service organization members, and individual volunteers. Through their cooperative efforts, the Slavic Festival has continued to grow and help maintain the ethnic traditions of the people of Sugar Creek.
The Fair & Festival Board uses proceeds from the event to fund civic improvement projects in Sugar Creek. More than $125,000 has been donated to date for projects ranging from the construction of a walking track, a gazebo and shelter house, and the purchase of equipment for city facilities and the police and fire department. The Fair & Festival Board also provides insurance for the city’s annual July 4th parade and provides financial assistance for other local activities.
Experience the taste of traditional Slavic food and much more at the Sugar Creek Slavic Festival.
Feast on meals with sarma (cabbage rolls), kielbasa (polish sausage), Croatian potato salad and slaw and povatica. Or sample haluski kapusta – a Slovak dish of noodles and cabbage fried with a bit of bacon and butter.
For a taste of traditional Croatian fare, order a roznijici (pork kabob) meal, with potato salad, slaw and a slice of bread. Or grab a kielbasa sandwich, hot dog or hamburger hot off the grill.
Then feed your sweet tooth with povitica, kolache, strudel and a variety of other traditional Slavic baked goods. Treats so good you’ll want to buy extras to take home!
Plus, you can wash it all down with a cold beer, soda or other beverages.
Every year, the Sugar Creek Slavic Festival hosts a full schedule of entertainment
highlighting our rich culture.
Returning to headline the 2015 Slavic Festival is crowd-favorite Alex Meixner. Meixner previously performed at the Slavic Festival in 2011-2013.
Alex is a Grammy nominated, high-energy master of the accordian who plays traditional Slavic music and contemporary classics - with his own unique twist. Performing traditional ethnic music since the age of six, Meixner has evolved into an instrumentally versatile artist. His talents were even showcased on NBC's "The Tonight Show" in 2004! You don't want to miss this dynamic and energetic performance!
Stay tuned for the 2015 event schedule, coming this spring!
See, touch and take home a piece of history at the Sugar Creek Slavic Festival. From our museum display of artifacts to hand-painted Ukrainian eggs, Baltic amber, and imported crystal you’ll discover the beauty and wonder of the Slavic culture. Plus, you can connect with groups and organizations that share your heritage to learn more about your roots. To learn more about showing your ethnic arts at the Sugar Creek Slavic Festival, click here to contact us.
The Slavic Festival is held on the Mike Onka Memorial Building grounds, 11520 E. Putnam in Sugar Creek. Free parking and shuttles are available throughout the event. Contact us for more information.
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