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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.

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