Simply Slavic, the downtown festival created specifically to celebrate Greater Youngstown’s colorful Slavic community will take place this Saturday, June 16th from Noon-11 PM on Federal Plaza East. The event was created last year to educate both the region’s large number of Slavic descendants and the community-at-large about Slavic heritage.
“Nearly 4,000 people joined us last year to enjoy our showcase of Slavic culture,” says Ken Shirilla, event chairman, adding that attendees came not just from the Valley but from Cleveland, Pittsburgh and beyond. “The overwhelming, positive response of the community proved that a festival of this nature could become a reality among different groups with a common background.”
NEW THIS YEAR: For 2012, we are expanding the Festival site to two city blocks to give our guests more elbow room and allow people to interact in a better street fair-like layout,” Shirilla adds. “We also will have more food vendors to feed the people later into the day and provide non-stop live entertainment until midnight."
The modern-day European nations representing the origins of Slavic ancestry are Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine. See MAP
Numerous local parishes and organizations already enthusiastically have signed on to support and participate in this effort. These include: the City of Youngstown, Sts Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, PolishYoungstown, the American Slovak Cultural Association of Mahoning Valley, the Carpatho-Rusyn Heritage Society, and many others.
By enhancing the community’s knowledge of these lively peoples through a joyful, family friendly experience, we hope to honor the shared past of our beloved ancestors by educating and enriching the lives of a future generation.
For the schedule of the day refer to the event’s website www.simplyslavic.org
Please come out and show your support!