PLYMOUTH — Up to 15,000 people will fill the borough’s sausage-permeated streets this Friday and Saturday for the 14th annual Kielbasa Festival.
Sue Gryziec, vice president of Plymouth Alive, said her group starts planning for the event a full year in advance. In fact, as soon as one year’s festival ends, preparations for the next year begin.
“We have to because there’s so many details,” she said. “It’s a very long process.”
Gryziec has been involved with the festival since its inception. She handles entertainment, advertising and sponsors.
“We have committees for everything … we do it collectively. I can’t really take credit because we do it all together,” she noted.
Plymouth Alive stages the popular festival as part of its efforts to revitalize the town. The money it makes this weekend will benefit the borough, said group president Terry Womelsdorf.
“We give back to the community in so many ways,” Womelsdorf noted.
The organization has used festival money to support the children’s reading program at the library, to purchase flower barrels to plant flowers around town, to install aluminum garbage cans on telephone poles to curb littering, and even for a $16,000 donation to the Plymouth Police department for a new computer system.
As for the festival, it will feature live musical entertainment — everything from polka, to country, to rock — an approximately one-hour parade stepping off at 11 a.m. Saturday, and, of course, the star of the show: kielbasa.
A kielbasa-tasting contest will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion, 33 Center Ave., judged by local chefs and professional cooks on taste, texture and presentation.
“We change the judges every year,” said Plymouth Alive treasurer Jaynan Temarantz. She said past panels have included district judges, mayors, and television and radio personalities.
Womelsdorf said there will be 82 vendors serving up everyone’s favorite Polish dishes, along with farm stands and festival standards like barbecue, gyros, potato pancakes and much more.
“We have anything you want besides scrambled eggs and bacon,” he said. “The list is endless.”