Annual Polish Fest a Hit in Rockford

- Rockford The Polish Festival is in its thirty second year. It’s held by Saint Stanislaus Church. It’s a time to enjoy food, mingle with old friends, listen to live music, and celebrate Polish heritage. The money goes to help fixing up things around the church.

Event Organizer Robert Fatla says “it’s nice that we can pay for repairs we usually don’t have money for expensive ones. One year it paid for the roof on the church. So that’s really what it’s paying for. It’s more expensive repairs that we can’t pay right away.”

Organizers are thrilled by the Stateline support they receive every year. Hundreds of hours of preparation go into making this festival a success.

Fatla says “it’s hard work, but the hard work is worth it because it helps in raising the money for the church. Putting time in the church is nothing for me. So I’m more then happy to do it every year.”

Rockford Resident Raymond Aumann attends the festival every year. For him it’s a time to reunite with old friends.

Aumann says “it’s really special particularly for the Polish people and it gives them an opportunity as they spread out to get back together to see friends and old classmates.”

The event has no cover charge, and is free to the public.

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