Steubenville – The Serbian Festival, an annual tradition of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Steubenville, was a huge success last year and is expected to attract an even bigger turnout this year, according to committee members participating in the event scheduled for July 23.
The festivities will take place from noon until 8 pm at the Serbian Picnic Grounds, located at 80 Serbian Drive, Weirton. Gates open at 11:30 a.m.
Everyone is invited to attend. Admission is $2 for adults with children under 12 free.
A tradition of over 50 years, the first Serbian picnic was held around 1950.
“It was a great way for families and friends to come together to celebrate their Serbian heritage, culture and traditions,” Committee spokesman noted.
“A few years ago, the name was changed to Serb Fest to let the Ohio Valley and surrounding areas know the festival is for everyone. We’ve had visitors from not just Ohio and West Virginia, but from Arizona, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, California, North Carolina, Florida and even Serbia,” said the speaker.
“The Serbs are a proud people. The most important things in their lives are their Orthodox faith, their families and their heritage. We cannot forget the food” The spokesman continued.
Serb Fest highlights original recipes passed down from generation to generation. Specialties include cabbage rolls, cabbage, noodles, kielbasa, sauerkraut, sweet and spicy sausage, pierogi and “Our delicious pastries are all made by our parishioners.”
Crowd favorites include lamb, wood-roasted chicken prepared by a Serbian men’s club, and cevapcici, which are small sausages made of beef, pork and lamb. “A secret spice made by Father Rajko, Wayne, and Tammy Hapovic. Grilled to perfection, cevapcici is served with chopped onions, pogacha (Serbian bread), and ajvar, a fat made with red peppers and eggplant,” The spokesperson explained.
Serbian music will be played all day long. There is a basketball court and children’s playground in the picnic areas.
There will be a 50/50 draw with two winners. One will be announced at 3pm and the other at 7pm. The winner must be present.
“This year we will be selling T-shirts and aprons for $20” The spokesperson noted, adding that “The Serb Fest takes place at King’s Creek in Weirton, a beautiful, quiet country setting owned and operated by the Serbian Men’s Club, and a gem in the valley.”
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