Since its 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 more than 25 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 using 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.
Traveling from Florida to headline this year's Slavic Festival will be Alex Meixner, a Grammy-nominated accordion master. Alex and his band will be bringing a high energy polka experience, mixed with unique takes on modern classics.
In addition to Meixner festival visitors will be able to experience traditional music and dance with the Sugar Creek Kolo Kids, Ethnic Dance Troupe Tamburitzans, village musicians and more!
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.
|Friday, June 7:||5 to 11:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, June 8:||3 to 11:30 p.m.|
|Children (under 12):||Free|
|Sorry - no pets or coolers allowed.|
Friday, June 7
|Ed Grisnik Group (dining hall)||5:00 p.m.|
|Children's Costume Parade||6:30 p.m.|
|Sugar Creek Kolo Kids||7:00 p.m.|
|Sugar Creek Ethnic Dance Troupe||7:30 p.m.|
|Kielbasa Eating Contest||8:00 p.m.|
|Learn the Kolo||8:30 p.m.|
|Alex Meixner with Don Lipovac||9:00 p.m.|
Saturday, June 8
|Ed Grisnik Group (dining hall)||3:00 p.m.|
|Hrvatski Obicaj||5:00 p.m.|
|Sugar Creek Kolo Kids||6:00 p.m.|
|Sugar Creek Tamburitzans||6:30 p.m.|
|Sugar Creek Ethnic Dance Troupe||7:45 p.m.|
|Lifetime Achievement Awards||8:15 p.m.|
|Cabbage Roll Dance Off||8:30 p.m.|
|Alex Meixner||9:00 p.m.|
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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