The Barton community dances the night away while celebrating the Polish heritage.

Barton Celebrates Polish Heritage With 27th Annual Polkafest

The 27th Annual Barton Polka Festival is the largest and oldest festival of its kind in a 60-mile radius. Enjoy a day of non-stop good music, good food, raffles and fun! The event takes place Sunday, August 15 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Fireman’s Field, located at 52176 Center St. in Barton, Ohio.

Once a mining town, Barton owes its Polish heritage to immigrants who came to work in the mines. There are still many Polish people in this area, and this festival attracts a lot of Polish people from Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and beyond. The 25th Annual Polkafest in 2018 drew 1,000 people.

Live music will be played from 1-8pm featuring Jon Gora and Gorale (returning this year from Canada) from 1-4pm and Energy from 4:30-8 pm. Disbanded in 1996, Energy reformed in 2020 and is relaunching with a tour this year. TK Frank’s Record Concessions will be selling Polish, German and Slovenian CD’s.

European Folk Art will also be for sale, including dolls, t-shirts, hand-crafted wood items, boxes and pottery from Poland. There were also be numerous other items from Europe.

Come hungry because there will be a chicken BBQ, homemade Polish food (including thousands of handmade perogies), and desserts. A cash bar will include Vino Di Piccin Winery and Tasting House’s famous wine slushies. No BYOB or coolers will be permitted.

There will also be door prizes, a Chinese auction, and a $1,000 raffle. Tickets for the raffle are $5 each and the drawing will be held at 7 pm on Aug. 15.

The event will be held rain or shine. Admission is free but donations will be accepted. Proceeds benefit the construction of a new fire station for the Barton Volunteer Fire Department. Enjoy a day of good food, good music, and good friends! For more information call (740) 695-3029.