It’s time for the Mahoning Valley Slovak Fest in Youngstown. This celebration of Slovak roots will take place on Aug. 10 on the grounds of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish at St. Matthias Church.
Slovaks began coming to the Youngstown area in the late 1800’s for the opportunity to work in the area’s steel mills and the supporting businesses. The Mahoning Valley Slovak Fest. is a way of celebrating heritage and passing traditions on to the new generation.
There will be a Slovak mass to start the celebration at 11 a.m. at St. Matthias Church and activities will move outside to the parking lot and then inside to the Fr. Snock Hall following the mass.
There will be plenty of Slovak food and baked goods available throughout the day. Dinners will be served from 12-3 p.m. and all of the food will be made by local men and women from Slovak parishes. There will also be indoor displays of crafts, outfits, pictures and books.
Musical entertainment will be provided by the Eddie Vallus Band, the Del Sinchak Orchestra and Living Traditions Folk Ensemble.
The festival will also have many items on display or for sale, including a selection of Slovak crystal and pottery. There will be a silent auction of baskets and a raffle of $2000 worth of Get Go/Giant Eagle gift cards for gasoline or food.
Children’s games and other activities will take place throughout the day.