Ideas were discussed on how to raise funds. Polka Dances, a ball, and even a parade were considered. Someone suggested a street fair – like those in Poland. This would be a true Polish event. The idea was quickly embraced.
The first Polish Town Street Fair was held on the third weekend in August of 1975. Approximately 20,000 people ventured out on a rainy weekend to eat Polish foods, dance in the street to Polish music, and browse the different vendors displaying their wares. The fair quickly grew. From 50 booths in 1975 to some 250 today.
Through the years, the Polish Town Street Fair & Festival has been carried out flawlessly and the crowds return year after year to enjoy what has become one of the most successful fairs of its kind in the United States. Some 500 volunteers give of their time to make this event run smoothly. Since the beginning of the first fair, Polish Town flourishes once again. Businesses are flourishing and property values have increased substantially. Polish pride is stronger than ever.