PLYMOUTH — The 15th annual Plymouth Alive Original Kielbasa Festival is just a week away and preparations are in full swing for the two-day event.
The festival will be held Friday, Aug. 10, and Saturday, Aug. 11, on Main Street in downtown Plymouth.
“Come join us for great family fun, great food, and entertainment on two bandshells,” said Terry Womelsdorf, chairman of Plymouth Alive. “This year’s theme is ‘Stayin Alive’ and sure to be great fun for young and old. We invite everyone to come join in and celebrate 15 awesome years for the Plymouth Alive Original Kielbasa Festival.”
There will be one major change this year — the main bandshell site has been moved across Main Street to the borough’s municipal parking lot.
“This will make for a safer environment for the festival,” Womelsdorf said. “And the area is a lot bigger than the old spot.”
Womelsdorf said vendors will still be located in the lot, as well as the official Kielbasa Festival T-shirt tent.
At a meeting Wednesday night at the Plymouth VFW, Womelsdorf reviewed all the details of the festival.
Some of the items discussed included garbage can placement, vendors, the annual parade, the official event poster, entertainment, insurance, bills to be paid, trophies, T-shirts, and more.
The Kielbasa Festival prince and princess were selected: Cameron Ruiz will be the prince and Ava Cardamone is the princess.
Womelsdorf announced there are 12 kielbasa vendors already signed up, more than past years. And more could sign up before next weekend.
The parade steps off at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11.
The annual kielbasa competition is set for 1 p.m. that day at the Plymouth American Legion on Center Avenue. The top three fresh and smoked kielbasa vendors will be awarded trophies.
Kielbasa Man, the official mascot of the event, will be dressed like John Travolta disco style in keeping with the “Stayin Alive” theme.
Members of Plymouth Alive are: Womelsdorf, Billy Quinn, Sue Gryziec, Jaynan Temerantz, Tommy Matthews, Frank Coughlin, John Thomas, Clyde Peters, Earl Cunningham, Scott Cannon, Holly Spece, Samantha Kochinski, Tyler Cox, Janet Dixon, Donna Mangleveti, Brian Mundy, Bill Dixon.
First Keystone Community Bank (main sponsor)
Uncle Buck’s BBQ Pit
Plymouth Hometown Market
Plymouth VFW Post 1425
Modern Gas Sales
BHW Construction/Consultation Services
Michael Hudacek Jr.
Williams Hagen Funeral Home
Kielty Moran Funeral Home
Bosak’s Choice Meats
Fetch’s Kielbasa Shop
Uncle Buck’s BBQ
All In All Hot Dog & Catering
That’s A Crock
Tarnowski Brothers Kielbasa
Boyer Brothers BBQ
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