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Welcome Home! to the 45th Annual Birmingham Ethnic Festival

August 9, 2019

Saturday August 17th (Starting at 5PM) and Sunday August 18th (12-9PM) 2019!

One of Toledo’s oldest and most popular ethnic festivals, The Birmingham Ethnic Festival: “A Weekend in the Old Country” has been held for the past 45 years to celebrate the strength and diversity of our community and our continuing fight for the preservation and recognition of our neighborhood. We are returning to our roots with a one-day Festival format. However, we invite the community to join us for festivities on Saturday night, as well.

As an unofficial opening to the Festival Weekend, the 24th Annual Waiters’ Race will occur on Saturday night, August 17th at 6PM. The race, with relay teams of four carrying trays with a full pitcher and two glasses of beer, has become one of the most popular events at the Festival. Food and refreshment will be available from the Hungarian Club of Toledo at the Calvin United Church lot and Calvin will be selling chicken paprikas dinners beginning at 3:30. A dance party will occur at Calvin United lot on Saturday, August 17th beginning at 5PM in conjunction with the race.  We will be joined by Csaba Csengeri, a Hungarian DJ from Canada.  Be sure to come down and join in the festivities!

On Sunday, August 18th, a Recognition Ceremony will be held at 12:00 Noon on the steps of St. Stephen’s Church, beginning with a flag raising ceremony, announcement of the recipient of the Birmingham Friend of the Neighborhood Award, recognition of local and international guests, and presentation of the Beer Keg Trophy to the winner of the Waiters’ Race.

The 45th festival will feature popular Hungarian foods including: Chicken Paprikás, Hunky Turkey (Roasted Bacon Sandwich), Stuffed Cabbage, Homemade Kolbász / Sausage Sandwiches, Palacsinta (crepes), Cabbage and Noodles, Pastries and a fantastic array of other ethnic foods on Consaul Street.  Chicken Paprikás Dinners will be sold at Calvin United on Saturday beginning at 3:30PM and at St. Stephen’s School Hall Sunday beginning at noon.

Ethnic dance groups will perform on the three Main Stages at the St Stephen’s / Hungarian Club site, Calvin United and VFW 4906 on Consaul Street. Scheduled performers include the Dayton Hungarian Festival Club Dancers, Molly’s Irish Dancers, Bavarian Sportsclub Holzhacker Schuhplattlers, Echoes of Poland, Rumblin’ Rhythm Cloggers, and El Corazon de Mexico. Popular bands will be performing a great variety of music in the evening on the three Main Stages. Bands to be featured include Tru Brew and East River Drive Band.

Food and craft vendors will also be selling their colorful and creative wares on the Consaul Street mall.  Children’s activities will be centered at Consaul and Genesee.  Handicap parking is available off of Front and Burr Streets, with transportation available to the festival and facilities throughout the festival grounds.

For those hoping to attend a church service, Calvin United is having worship at 3PM on Saturday, while St. Stephen’s Church will hold Mass at 8AM on Sunday.

Come enjoy a Weekend in the Old Country; a great Toledo neighborhood tradition with great food, music, dance and refreshments in the historic Birmingham Neighborhood.

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