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St. Joseph's in Everson holding 40th annual festival

| Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 9:01 p.m.
Paul Paterra | Trib Total Media
St. Joseph Church in Everson is having its 40th annual parish festival Saturday and Sunday. Among those who have been working on the preparations are (from left) Jonathan Gamon, Kristin Gamon, Loretta Sowinski, Sue Kruckvich, Diane Figg, Mike Banaszak and Lois Banaszak.

If one has a hankering for Polish food and would like to experience a festive polka Mass, those opportunities exist this weekend with the 40th annual St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church Summer Festival in Everson, at the corner of Painter and Vance streets.

The menu includes the old-world Polish platter which will be served from 4-7 p.m. Saturday and roasted turkey is available from 11 a.m., until 2 p.m. Sunday.

On both days, the outdoor kitchen will offer cabbage and noodles, pigs-in-blanket, pierogi and fresh fried dough.

“There will be good homemade Polish food,” said Diane Figg, co-chairwoman for the festival. “The fried dough is made from scratch. There's no buying the dough and just cutting it up.”

Also available at the outdoor kitchen will be hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries and nachos with cheese. For the traditional carnival fare, popcorn, sno-cones and a bag of old-fashioned candy will be available at the candy store. Baked goods will be available as well.

The weekend will kick off with a polka Mass at 4 p.m. Saturday.

“The Mass will have the red and white (waiving) napkins,” Figg said of the polka Mass tradition. “When we had it at (St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Scottdale), people were just enamored with it.”

The booths will be open Saturday from 5-10 p.m. and Sunday from 2-10 p.m.

Sunday Mass will be at 10:30 a.m.

Music will be provided by Ray J and the Carousels Saturday and there will be a Battle of the Bands Sunday.

Other activities planned include instant bingo, gift galleries and nightly cash drawings. Traditional events expected to take place include a bubble gum contest and coin hunt.

The festival began in 1974 as the “parish bazaar” to raise funds for St. Joseph School. When the school closed in 1990, the event continued as a fundraiser for the parish and as an opportunity to celebrate the Polish heritage and for friends to get together and have a good time.

Adding to the importance of the fundraiser is it's another chance for the partnered parishes of St. Joseph and St. John to be together.

“We've done it all these years,” Figg said. “It's a way to have both churches work together. It's a good way for the two churches to come together for the community. It's building a better community between the two churches. It's not all about making money. It's about fellowship.”

To get to the fair, an alternate route may need to be taken. The Scottdale Everson Bridge is closed for repairs and that's a main route for many to get to the church.

Fear not.

Figg said the simplest way to go would be to take Route 119 to the Everson exit. Signs will be in place to direct folks to the festival.

Paul Paterra is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-887-6101 or