Pierogi Fest

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Pierogi Fest
GenreFood festival
Location(s)Whiting, Indiana, United States
Coordinates41°40′45.5″N 87°29′56.7″W / 41.679306°N 87.499083°W / 41.679306; -87.499083Coordinates: 41°40′45.5″N 87°29′56.7″W / 41.679306°N 87.499083°W / 41.679306; -87.499083
Years active24
FoundersMarty Dybel, Tom Dabertin and Darlene Beerling
AreaNorthwest Indiana
Organized byWhiting-Rosedale Chamber of Commerce

The Pierogi Fest is an annual festival in Whiting, Indiana, United States, organized by the Whiting–Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce (WRCoC).[1] It gets its name from the pierogi, a Polish dumpling. It draws more than 250,000 visitors each year.[2][3]

The festival takes place on the last weekend of July, on 119th Street in downtown Whiting. The street is only open to foot traffic during the festival. There are food booths set up along the streets serving pierogi, kielbasa and sauerkraut.[4] There are also live music performances, and carnival rides.[5] Other events include a Polka Parade, Pierogi Toss and eating competitions,[1] and the crowning of "Mr Pierogi".[6]

In 2017 the festival's organizers filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in federal court against the organizers of the Edwardsville, Pennsylvania, Pierogi Festival, asking them to change their event's name. At first the Edwardsville Hometown Committee (EHC), who characterized the WRCoC's requested licensing fee as "extortionate", filed a counterclaim challenging the trademark and seeking damages against the WRCoC for enforcing an invalid trademark. By the beginning of June 2018, when the Edwardsville event is held, however, the two sides had reached a settlement in which the EHC recognized the trademark in return for permission to hold its own.[7]

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  1. ^ a b Weronika Łaszkiewicz; Zbigniew Maszewski; Jacek Partyka (26 April 2016). Dwelling in Days Foregone: Nostalgia in American Literature and Culture. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. p. 167. ISBN 978-1-4438-9211-7.
  2. ^ "Pierogi Fest puts Whiting in the spotlight again for 20th year". nwi.com. The Times. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  3. ^ Kimberly Eck; Jennifer Linko (2013). Whiting and Robertsdale. Arcadia Publishing. p. 126. ISBN 978-0-7385-9861-1.
  4. ^ Kostanczuk, Bob (22 Jul 2017). "Pierogi Fest lets loose with fun". Chicago Post-Tribune. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  5. ^ Ortiz, Anna (25 Jul 2013). "Pierogi Fest transforms downtown Whiting in a day". NWI Times. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  6. ^ Archibald McKinlay (1 January 2001). The Great State of Lake: The New Lake County, Indiana. Donning Company Publishers. p. 119. ISBN 978-1-57864-102-4.
  7. ^ Lynott, Jerry (June 5, 2018). "Settlement reached in Edwardsville Pierogi Festival lawsuit, event set for this weekend". Times Leader. Retrieved June 6, 2018.

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