One of the region's fun cultural events is always the Portland Polish Festival, now in its 17th year.

The Polish fest is expected to attract about 10,000 people. It is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, at the site of two of two historic Polish buildings, St. Stanislaus Church and Polish Library Building, 3832 N. Interstate Ave.

Admission is free. Any money raised during the festival goes to maintain the two buildings.

You can experience the best Polish food, dance and music, highlighted by Polish folk dance groups and bands. Special moments include the polka contest both days, the festival dedication with a Polonaise (renaissance court dance) and street dance.

Among the food options: Pierogi ruskie (dumplings stuffed with a mix of potatoes, farmers cheese and onions), Kielbasa i Bigos (hunter's stew with Polish sausage) and Zestaw (combination of pierogi, golabki, kielbasa, bigos).

The fest also wants volunteers; go to

For more info on the festival, go to festival, or call 971-226-7685.

- Jason Vondersmith

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