St. Stans A.C. Polish Festival A Wondrous Event Each And Every Year!
All Ages Enjoy The Festivities At St. Stans Festival
June 29, 2008
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Darrell Weltin & The New Brass Express prepare to take the stage Sunday evening!
By: MyBayCity Staff
The St. Stans Polish Festival was once again, a community enjoyment for all ages! For over 59 years, this event has been considered the largest Polish festival in Michigan.
This festival is almost like going to a class reunion! Polka is THE music of the weekend and it is amazing to see the number of people out there working the dance floor.
Approximately 72,000 people attend the four-day celebration held on the festival grounds off of South Lincoln Avenue, south of Kosciusko Avenue.
Long time "polkaers". Richard and Carol Pijaszek dance the night away!
OJ Advertisings' own Vicki Bowden and son enjoy the day and the weather Sunday afternoon!
Lynn and Mike Rivard take a break from the polka action and "people watch".
All four days featured Bingo, Blackjack, Big Six, Homemade Polish and American Food, Major Rides and Games for all ages, A Large Beer Tent, along with a 40 ft. x 80 ft. wooden dance floor and the best in "Live" Polka Music.
Featured polka artists include:
JIMMY K & ETHNIC JAZZ ROTATING WITH LENNY GOMULKA & THE CHICAGO PUSH
THE STEVE DRZEWICKI BAND (A Member of the Michigan Polka Music Hall of Fame) ROTATING WITH LENNY GOMULKA & THE CHICAGO PUSH
RICH LASCESKI & THE NATURAL TONES
FEATURING EDDIE SIWIEC (Member of the International Polka Music Hall of Fame)
TWIN CITY SOUNDZ ROTATING WITH JEFF MLECZKO & DYNABRASS
JEFF MLECZKO & DYNABRASS ROTATING WITH DARRELL WELTIN & THE NEW BRASS EXPRESS
Raffle prizes given away included several high-end items, including a Nintendo Wii, a $200 GPS system, a Phillips DVD player, a shed, a mountain bike, and a violin handmade by parish member Bob Karbowski!
The carousel along with many carnival rides were enjoyed by all ages!
Ray Stack, Owner of Silver Sand Limousine takes a break for a "customer call" during the festivities
Pictured (L/R): Kim Madaji, Dawn Kukla, Keith Madaji and Mike Kukla
Mike and Kelly Williams of Williams Cheese in Pinconning pose for MyBayCity camera with "Baby Bo"!
Gabriella Deopel poses with "Tremendous Turtle". Gabriella will be a freshmen next year at Dow High School in Midland!
Children were dancing up a storm, that is, until they fell asleep on the dance floor...
The 59th annual St. Stans Polish Festival brought out all ages to enjoy the festivities!
Twin City Sounds have festival "goers" dancing in delight, except the "boy in blue" who appears to be ready to go!
Polka dancers young and old had to take a break from the fast paced music this weekend, even if it meant sitting right down on the dance floor!
Carrie Jaynes serves Mike Stewart a cold one on a "hot day"!
Pictured (L/R): Vicki Irish, Brenda Collins, Tom Collins and Andy Barry
Sisters in "dancing tow" enjoy Jeff Mleczko & Dynabrass Sunday afternoon!
Allyssa Uhlman and friend show off their polka skills!
Marge Uhlman and Bob Pijaszek "do it up" on the dance floor Sunday evening!
A wonderful annual event had by all!
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