The 9th annual Perch, Peach, Pierogi and Polka Festival will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in downtown Port Clinton at 109 E. Perry Street over Labor Day Weekend. This year the event will begin on Friday, Aug. 30 at 5 p.m. The fun, food and polka music will continue on Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1. The festival will be open from 5-11 p.m. on Friday and from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
Once again the popular Lake Erie yellow perch sandwiches and dinners will be served along with pierogis and peach cobbler. Polish sausage sandwiches and pizza will also be available. Soft drinks, wine coolers and ice cold beer will be sold in the beer tent.
The festival will kick off at 5 p.m. Friday, with all food and beverages available. The lead band will be the Frank Moravcik Band, a new addition to the festival. Based in Cleveland, the Frank Moravcik Band was formed in 1995. The main emphasis of their music is on the “Cleveland Style” of polka music, however, they are known for their ability to perform a wide variety of different styles of polka music and popular dance tunes.
The Festival kicks off at noon on Saturday with the Duane Malinowski Orchestra. Duane has been in the business for over thirty years, and after spending the last fifteen years playing locally in the Michigan/Ohio area, he has taken to the road once again.
On Saturday at 4 p.m., the Black Tie Dance Studio will provide free polka lessons for those wishing to improve their polka skills.
Highlighting the weekend music will be the Del Sinchak Band from Youngstown. Del will play from 5-10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, and again on Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. The Del Sinchak Band has seven successful releases on the award winning Peppermint label. The National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame nominated four of these albums for the Album of the Year. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences nominated “Let the Sunshine In” the album for a Grammy Award for the Best Polka Album in 1999.
The last band to perform will be the Eddie Rodick Orchestra. This band played at last year’s festival and was a real crowd pleaser. Eddie has been wowing audiences with his unique and exciting accordion playing for over 40 years. The entire band is made up of outstanding musicians and vocalists. The Eddie Rodick Orchestra will perform from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept.1st.
The festivities will conclude with the Big Multi-prize Cash drawing at 10 p.m. on Sunday.
This year, parking will be available in Port Clinton with a shuttle service to and from the festival. Parking will be available at the Sutton Center/City Hall Parking lot, 1868 E. Perry Street. Parking is $5 per car and the shuttle is free. Follow the signs to Tall Ships Shuttle Parking.
Admission to the festival for adults is $3 and anyone under 18 is free. The facility is protected from the elements and will continue rain or shine.