Slovenefest will draw thousands to SNPJ center

Staff report


The 32nd annual Slovenefest will be Friday through Sunday at the Slovene National Benefit Society recreation center in Lawrence County.

Slovenefest — the largest Slovenian cultural festival in North America — will attract thousands of participants from several states. It will feature more than 20 Slovenian polka bands and button box accordion clubs at five indoor and outdoor venues. The nonstop entertainment will begin at noon each day and continue until midnight.

The weekend event will include Slovenian food and beverages, including Slovenian sausage, and barbecued lamb and pork, as well as imported Slovenian beer and wines.

Festival guests can explore the culture of Slovenia through an extensive display of folk attire, crafts and household items in the SNPJ Slovenian Heritage Center museum.

The Olympic-sized pool will be open for use. Other family activities will include fishing in the SNPJ Recreation Center lake, miniature golf, the trackless train, inflatable houses, playground and organized activities. There will be a fireworks display Saturday night (weather permitting).

All family activities, as well as admission to the swimming pool and the Slovenian Heritage Center, are included with the Slovenefest admission fees.

The SNPJ, a fraternal benefit society, was formed in 1904 by Slovenian immigrants to provide affordable life insurance to the new Slovenian-Americans and to preserve the Slovenian culture.

The SNPJ Recreation Center is one mile east of the Ohio-Pennsylvania border on Pa. Route 108, or seven miles west of the Mount Jackson exit (exit 17) of Interstate 376.

Daily admission fee is $8 on Friday; and $10 on Saturday and Sunday; or $25 for all three days. Children and teens age 16 and under are admitted free. Ample free parking is available.

For information, call 724-336-5180 or email

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