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Polkafest canceled, chicken barbecue still planned

Father Jan Trella and the Polkafest 2020 committee have sadly announced the cancellation of Polkafest 2020.

Blessed Mary Angela Church officials have been talking with officials from the state, county and city and have decided that we cannot guarantee the safety and well being of our Parishioners and many friends who supported the Polkafest in the past. The parish will, however, still have the “Chicken BBQ Drive Thru” on Sunday, Aug. 9.

The event will once again be serving Weidners BBQ chicken and event coordinator, Tony Popielarz said it would be more of a summer picnic menu for this dinner.

Along with the chicken, there will be a homemade potato salad, baked beans with pork, homemade coleslaw, roll and butter and ice cream for dessert.

This is a parish fund raiser and, unfortunately, there will be any raffles. The price for the dinner will be $11. All proceeds from this dinner will go to help cover expenses for Polkafest 2021. Dinners will be served from noon to 4 p.m. or until dinners run out at the Parish Social Center at 324 Townsend St. in Dunkirk.

The parish has ordered 1,000 dinners so get your tickets early. Listen to the recorded sounds of Lenny Gomulka as you wait in line for your dinner.

“We want you to know that your well being and safety is our No 1 priority! We will follow all Chautauqua County Health Department guidelines in the preparation and service of this dinner and we appreciate the guidance that we have received from the Department of Health as well as the Department of Emergency Services,” officials said in a news release.

Tickets will be on sale at Big Rick’s on Lake Shore Drive East, Fourth Ward Deli on East Doughty Street and at every weekend Mass.

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