SNPJ Farm Grape Festival a colorful autumn tradition

August 21, 2017 - by JOE VALENCIC (5), Cleveland Federation

The annual Slovenian Grape Festival will take place at the SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio, on Sunday, Sept. 24. The parade is scheduled to begin at 2:45 p.m.
The annual Slovenian Grape Festival will take place at the SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio, on Sunday, Sept. 24. The parade is scheduled to begin at 2:45 p.m.

KIRTLAND, Ohio — Celebrate the autumn season old country-style at the colorful, musical Slovenian Grape Festival on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, down at the SNPJ Farm on Heath Road in Kirtland, Ohio. The polka parade will start the festivities, featuring the Joey Tomsick Orchestra for four hours of dancing. Hearty harvest fare will include smoked Slovenian sausages, savory roast beef and homemade donuts.

Slovenian singing and costumes will highlight the harvest parade at 2:45 p.m., led by accordionist Tony Fortuna. Join the sing-along with Joe Valencic (song-sheets will be provided), then dance to Joey Tomsick’s toe-tapping tunes from 3 to 7 p.m. The dance pavilion will be decorated with grapevines and hanging treats, but should you grab a goody, you could wind up in jail!

Admission is free if you wear a Slovenian costume or bring your accordion to the parade. Participants should arrive by 2:15 p.m. to prepare for the parade. Regular admission is $8 (guests age 18 and under are admitted free of charge) and includes four hours of live music and all the balinca you can play. Dinners, sandwiches and refreshments will be served beginning at 2 p.m.

The SNPJ Farm is located at 10946 Heath Road, off Chardon Road (Route 6) in Kirtland, three miles east of State Route 306 and six miles west of Route 44. For more information, phone (440) 256-3423.