The eighth annual Perch, Peach, Pierogi and Polka Festival will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 109 E. Perry Street, downtown Port Clinton, on Labor Day Weekend. This year the festival will begin on Friday, Aug. 31, at 5 p.m. The fun, food and fantastic polka music will continue Friday evening until 11 p.m. and from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 and Sunday, Sept. 2.
Lake Erie yellow perch sandwiches and dinners will be served along with pierogis and peach cobbler. Polish sausage sandwiches and pizza will also be available. Soft drinks, wine coolers and ice cold beer will be sold in the beverage tent.
Saturday at 4 p.m. Black Tie Dance Studio will provide free polka lessons for those wishing to improve their polka skills. On Sunday at 5 p.m. will be the ever popular pierogi eating contest. Cash prizes go to the winner.
The festival will kick off at 5 p.m. Friday, with all food and beverages available. The lead band will be the Eddie Rodick Orchestra. This band played at last year’s festival and was a real crowd pleaser. Eddie has been wowing audiences with his unique and exciting accordion playing for over 40 years. One of last year’s festival goers made the comment that Eddie’s accordion seems to be part of his body and his soul. The entire band is made up of outstanding musicians and vocalists.
Eddie has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for the National Polka Hall of Fame, and his orchestra was named the Band of the Year in 1990, 2002, 2007 and 2008. Their album, “Polka Sweethearts” was the winner of the 2007 recording of the year. Eddie and his orchestra have played throughout the United States, in Spain, Holland, Canada and Mexico.
The Eddie Rodick Orchestra will perform again from 12 noon until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1.
Also highlighting the weekend music will be the Del Sinchak Band from Youngstown. Del will play from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 12 noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Del Sinchak Band has seven successful releases on the award winning Peppermint label. The National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame nominated four of these albums for the Album of the Year. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences nominated Del’s album “Let the Sunshine In” for a Grammy Award for the Best Polka Album in 1999. In 2005, Del’s album “Polkapizzazz” was also nominated for a Grammy. Del Sinchak is a member of the National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and in 2009 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award. This group has won the hearts of thousands of polka fans with their energetic live performances.
The final band to play at this year’s festival will be the Wayne Golob Orchestra. This band is a new addition to the festival and will perform from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Wayne, an accordionist from Sandusky, has been playing professionally since 1971. He has worked with several bands over the years, and was the director of the Lorain Slovenian Button Accordionists of Lorain. In 1983 the ensemble recorded a best-selling album and toured Slovenia.
The current Wayne Golob Band was formed in 2006 and has played at numerous festivals, concerts, and dances throughout Northern Ohio, including annual appearances at the famous Halupki Festival in Marblehead. As they are the area’s only working polka band, they continue to be a local favorite.
Admission to the festival is $3.00 for adults. Anyone under 18 is admitted free. The facility is protected from the elements and the festival will continue rain or shine.