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PolkaFest returns with new location

Event set for June 4-5 at PNG Park

JOHNSTOWN — Visit Johnstown announced today that PolkaFest will take place June 4 and 5. As previously announced, the event was unable to be held at St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Cambria City on June 4-6.

The event will be held at Peoples Natural Gas Park, 90 Johns St., downtown Johnstown.

“PolkaFest’s cancellation was met with such great disappointment,” Visit Johnstown’s executive director, Lisa Rager said. “Although St. Mary’s is not able to serve as the host site this year, we decided to explore alternate dates and locations to see what was workable.

“Fortunately Peoples Natural Gas Park was available for two of the three original dates, and most of the bands were still available as well. We intend to follow CDC protocols and strongly encourage our attendees to socially distance and wear masks when social distancing is not possible. PolkaFest has been the unofficial first festival of the summer, and we’re happy to be able to make it happen for the community this year.”

PolkaFest features nationally-known and award-winning Polka bands from throughout the country, as well as local favorites. The lineup will include five-time Grammy nominee Lynn Marie & E3 from Nashville, Tenn., with Eddie Rodick and Friends, and four-time Grammy nominee The Polka Family Band. A complete schedule will be announced soon.

Bands will alternate sets throughout the day under the Polacek Pavilion providing nonstop Polish and Slovenian-style Polka music.

The pavilion will be equipped with a teak wood dance floor, and both the pavilion and the Oil House will provide plenty of protection from the elements.

Limited seating will be available, but attendees are welcome to take their lawn chairs.

Food and beverages will be available from vendors set up in the park, and will include a variety of ethnic and other foods. Food and merchandise vendors and exhibitors are still being accepted.

The PolkaFest pub will serve beer and other products (Proper ID is required). Admission is free, but a donation at the gate is requested. All ages are welcome.

Community support is greatly appreciated as the relocation of the event has incurred additional expense to Visit Johnstown.

Businesses interested in sponsoring the event can contact Jayne Korenoski at 814-536-7993.

The annual event is held the first weekend after Memorial Day and has been taking place since 1998, except for last year’s cancellation due to the pandemic.

PolkaFest attracts an estimated 10,000 people from multiple states and the region, generating visitor spending during the event.

For additional information, contact Executive Director, Lisa Rager at 814-536-7993 or LRager

@visitjohnstownpa.com.

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