Celebrate Poland Committee prepares for upcoming event

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Poland will celebrate community and Independence Day during the 11th annual Celebrate Poland event on June 30 and July 1.

The event starts on June 30 at 5:30 p.m. with the annual Strawberry Festival at Poland Prebysterian Church, with the Firemen’s Parade to follow, and ending the night will be a performance by Disco Inferno, so come dressed in 80’s attire for a costume contest. On July 1, the fun continues with a day full of activities and events at the Poland Village Hall. Ending Saturday night will be a fireworks display at 10 p.m. by American Fireworks.

“We want this to be an event that the entire family can enjoy,” said Celebrate Poland Committee President Cindy Best.

To help parking and transportation easier for guests, there will be a free shuttle provided. On Saturday between 12-4 p.m., guests can park at the Poland Methodist Church and take the bus. From 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., people can park at the Methodist church and Poland Seminary High School and take a shuttle. All bussing and parking has been donated to Celebrate Poland and is free to the public.

Celebrate Poland is still looking for contestants for Poland Idol, vendors for the craft show and contestants for a community cherry pie baking contest.

The Celebrate Poland Committee has grown in recent years thanks to help from local churches, primary New Life Church, Poland Village Baptist and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. Celebrate Poland is an all-volunteer event with costs covered by donations from the community.

“We run strictly on donations so we hope that everyone will send a donation or look for our donation barrels at the event. Every dollar adds up to more fun the next year,” said Best.

More information and how to become a contestant or vendor can be found on the Celebrate Poland Facebook page or by calling Cindy Best at 330-651-2999.

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