Something for Everyone at Slovenefest

By Kimberly Gonzalez
SNPJ Associate Editor

The countdown is on! We’re less than 30 days away from the 33rd annual Slovenefest at the SNPJ Recreation Center, and SNPJland is already abuzz with excitement. We have six beautiful and talented ladies competing in the Miss SNPJ Pageant, and a jam-packed entertainment schedule featuring some of the area’s hottest polka bands. Not to mention the Slovene National Benefit Society is celebrating its 110th anniversary this year – so you know Slovenefest 2014 is going to be one heck of a weekend!

It’s fun to follow the Facebook chatter as SNPJ members and friends share their anticipation for the one weekend a year when, even if only for a few days, everyone is Slovenian. What’s interesting, though, are the many different reasons why our friends look forward to Slovenefest.

Some come for the music. Obviously, if you’re a Slovenian polka and/or waltz fan, Slovenefest is the place to be. As the 2014 Slovenefest entertainment schedule shows, we have a wide range of performers offering an equally wide range of styles. Musicians from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, even Canada, will be taking the stage -- or stages, I should say, since there are four!

Some come for the food and drink. Aside from the traditional fare of funnel cakes, apple dumplings, gyros and corn dogs, Slovenefest will offer Slovenian specialties like potica (nut roll), klobase (sausage) and krofi (donuts). Of course, no Slovenian heritage festival is complete without pivo (beer), specifically Laško, and Slovensko vino (Slovenian wine). You’ll also have your choice of domestic beers, sodas, lemonade, water, ice cream and slushies – cold drinks and treats are always necessary to beat that July heat.

Some come for the history. Attending Slovenefest is a tradition for many families. History repeats itself as many adults who once came to the festival with their parents now attend with their children and grandchildren. On the other hand, Slovenefest is the perfect setting to explore the history of Slovenia and Slovenians in America. The SNPJ Slovenian Heritage Center will be open all weekend for tours, and its gift shop will be offering many hard-to-find Slovenian delicacies as well as SNPJ and Slovenian souvenirs.

When it comes down to it, it doesn’t matter why you decide to attend Slovenefest. Be it the music, the food, the drinks or the history - you’re guaranteed a great time. Whether you’re a first timer or a repeat visitor, we hope you’ll join the thousands who gather at the SNPJ Recreation Center in July to celebrate the Slovenian culture.

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