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67th annual St. Stephen Polish Festival rings in the spring with food, games, live music and more

Holding on tight, A young festival goer enjoys a beautiful day at the St. Stephen Polish festival in New Boston on Sunday, May 18 2014.

Holding on tight, a young festival goer enjoys a beautiful day at the St. Stephen Polish festival in New Boston on Sunday, May 18 2014. Photo by Scott Bolthouse.

By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor In Chief
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

It’s a spring tradition in Huron Township. This year, the St. Stephen Polish Festival will be celebrating it’s 67th year of ringing in the spring on May 15, 16 and 17.

The festival, which is held at the St. Stephen Catholic Church, 18858 Huron River Drive, New Boston, MI, 48164, features plenty of polish food, live bands, dancing, carnival rides, kids games, a Vegas room and much more.

The festival will also feature multiple raffles and a men’s softball tournament, along with a new pavilion recently installed by the parish.

Father John Hedges will raffle off a grand prize drawing worth $7,000 at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday evening of the festival.

Check out photos from last year’s festival

Festival hours are Friday, May 15 from 4:00 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, May 16 from noon to midnight and Sunday, May 17 from noon to 7:00 p.m.

Festival goers enjoy a myriad of Polish and other food choices on Sunday, May 18, 2014.

Festival goers enjoy a myriad of Polish and other food choices on Sunday, May 18, 2014.

Different bands will be playing on all three days of the festival. The popular Michigan tribute band Fifty Amp Fuse will play on Friday evening from 9:00 p.m. to midnight and again on Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Each day of the festival will also feature a different homemade dinner. Friday will feature a lake perch dinner, Saturday comes with a BBQ rib dinner and Sunday will feature a BBQ chicken dinner.

Handicap parking will be available on site with additional parking for festival goers offered at local Miller Elementary School, 18955 Hannan Road.

For more information, please call the parish office at 734-753-5268 or you can visit their website at www.ststephenfestival.com.

St. Stephen festival rings in the spring with kid friendly environment, music and food (SLIDESHOW & VIDEO)

Holding on tight, A young festival goer enjoys a beautiful day at the St. Stephen Polish festival in New Boston on Sunday, May 18 2014.

Holding on tight, A young festival goer enjoys a beautiful day at the St. Stephen Polish festival in New Boston on Sunday, May 18 2014.

By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor in Chief

 

Screams, laughter, cheers and Polish music could be heard Sunday afternoon on the campus of the St. Stephen Catholic Church in New Boston as residents and families of the Huron area enjoyed a beautiful afternoon at the 66th annual Polish Festival.

The festival, which is held every year on the weekend before Memorial Day, showcased an environment that could elate any young child. The rides, which were run by Maple Leaf Amusements, had that perfect mix of smaller less intense rides for younger kids, and the more high powered rides for teens and adults.

If rides aren’t your forte, don’t be worried. The festival definitely didn’t lack entertainment and food. The live music stage featured bands on all three days of the event, most notably of which was the popular Metro Detroit area band known as Fifty Amp Fuse, who rocked out the stage on Friday and Sunday evening.

Serving traditional Polish food as well as typical American eats, the food building in the middle of the festival was busy all weekend long.

Serving traditional Polish food as well as typical American eats, the food building in the middle of the festival was busy all weekend long.

Being that St. Stephen is a Polish festival, it held up to it’s ethnic heritage. The food building located right in the center of the festival grounds featured traditional Polish foods like pierogi, stuffed cabbage, sausage and kielbasa – all of which were extremely delicious.

The festival always features specialty cook-offs as well. Each day of the weekend featured special dishes, including lake perch, BBQ ribs and BBQ chicken.

For the adults out there: yes, the beer prices were reasonable. A $3.00 ticket got you about a pint of beer, which is worth enjoying while listening to some traditional Polish music, or while you take your chances in the adults only vegas tent.

Outside of the normal festival activities, there were multiple raffles for cash and gift baskets, as well as a softball tournament. The festival featured something for everyone.

The St. Stephen annual polish festival is always a great way to welcome spring and summer into Huron Township: even if the weather wasn’t necessarily up to par. If you couldn’t make it down this year, make sure to check it out next May. It is family friendly, reasonably priced and full of different entertainment options.

To stay up to date on the St. Stephen Polish Festival, visit their website at http://www.ststephenfestival.com.

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