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POLAND — The Celebrate Poland Fall Festival returns to Poland Village Hall on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What took place as a temporary fix for the 2021 Celebrate Poland event will now also be an annual event, according to Cindy Best of the Celebrate Poland Committee.

Celebrate Poland celebrated its 13th year in 2019. It was unknown at the time what the future would hold, but the pandemic hit in early 2020 and events across the board, including Celebrate Poland, were canceled that year.

The start of 2021 brought uncertainty and as the pandemic began to ease there was not enough time to get the two-day event off the ground. Not wanting to give up and hoping to raise funds for this year’s event, Best said the decision had been made to host a fall festival. The turnout was great and the committee decided to keep this event going.

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“This is the first year we’ve had both,” Best said.

In June, Celebrate Poland returned and Best said it was “probably the most successful event we’ve had in years. The weather had something to do with the success but I also think everyone was ready for a good time.”

She said the June event was expensive, costing about $45,000.

“We hope to use the fall event to raise funds,” she said. “So we hope people will look for our donation boxes and enter some competitions. We want everyone to have a wonderful time, but remember we are trying to raise funds for the big event in June.”

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Best said it has been a challenge planning another big event so close to the June event, but she has a 13-strong committee that appreciates it. She also thanks those who volunteer at the festival.

The setup for the festival is in the same area as Celebrate Poland but will include many fall-related competitions.

“We have so many wonderful things planned,” said Best. “Of course there will be bouncy castles, food vendors and our marketplace craft show. We also have a dog costume contest with prizes. This contest has a $10 entry fee as it is one of our fundraisers.”

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She said the event will also have a pumpkin decorating contest, Stiltz and Hoops with Brittney decorating a cookie, the Great Poland Bake-off for kids and adults (judged separately with the Everything Apple theme), a parade led by Cinderella Spider -Man and the Band Vegas play at 3pm

The Polish Historical Society will participate in the Historical Society’s tent near the village town hall. It will offer walking tours of historic South Main Street.

In the parade, which begins at 4 p.m., children are encouraged to dress up and participate.

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