(Holland, OH) — Tom Pruss, President, Polish-American Community of Toledo and Event Chairman for the 2020 Northwest Ohio Polish Festival, has announced that the board of the Polish-American Community of Toledo (PACT) voted to postpone the 2020 festival which was scheduled for May 29 – 31 at Club Sixteen, 316 King Rd., Holland until 2021. The festival is a significant fundraiser in the efforts to build a Polish Community Center in Northwest Ohio. Plans are for construction in the Marina District of Downtown Toledo.


 “We have been monitoring the whole Covid-19 situation and had built-in two go / no-go dates of March 30 and April 15. But with the governor’s announcement extending the shelter in place order until May 1, PACT would have had difficulties completing the final arrangements,” said Mr. Pruss. “We had the vendors and entertainment all lined-up, but with this festival being a destination event with people coming from other cities and states, we felt this posed a significant health risk for folks, especially seniors, who would have liked to attend.”


Mr. Pruss stressed that between PACT, and other area Polish organizations, there are still a number of great Polish events yet to come this year — Especially in October which is Polish Heritage Month.  


PACT is in the planning stages for the Traditional Polish Wedding Celebration in September. Newlyweds are encouraged to enter into a sweepstakes and PACT presents the winner with an all-expense paid traditional Polish wedding reception. Rules and information will be upcoming on PACT’s website PolishCommunity.org and on Facebook. 


“We hope everyone remains safe and healthy, and when this crisis is over, we look forward to seeing everyone at events that PACT will the other Polish organizations will host this year,” said Mr. Pruss.


For additional information on PACT or to become a PACT member, visit PolishCommunity.org or call 419-836-0556.   Those interested in corporate sponsorship opportunities or to volunteer at PACT events should contact Tom Pruss at 419-540-8667 / E-mail: info@polishcommunity.org.

Tom Pruss with Zibilski's - First Place 2020 Kielbasa Cook OffSki's Kielbasa - Second Place WinnerTom Pruss with Busia & Dziadzia Old Fashion Kielbasa -Third Place winner What a great time we had at the 2020 Kielbasa Cook Off!  Thank you to all who came out to support PACT.  PACT is a 501c3  non-profit group working to promote our local Polish Heritage and work with other groups with the same goals.  The profit from the cook off will be used to give 4 high school or college age students a $1,000 scholarship.  We work with the Toledo Poznan Alliance to help local Polish students in their education.    We have given $30,000 to local students so far.

Here are your winners for the 9th Annual Kielbasa Cook Off:
First Place-Zibilski Kielbasa – Dave and Cathy Krueger
Second Place – Ski’s Kielbasa – Dan Evanski
Third Place- Dzia-dzia and Busia’s Old Fashion Kielbasa Recipe- Ron Smith
We want to thank all the contestants and EVERYONE who came out to help us for a great cause!
Thanks to Busia’s Pierogi ShackStanley’s Market, Haas Bakery and Brieschke’s Bakery for helping us fill out the menu!
We hope those of you who stopped by had a great time. Dziękuję !

Due to the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the boards of the Polish American Community of Toledo (P.A.C.T.) and the Toledo Poznan Alliance (T.P.A.) have postponed the Polish Movie series until Polish American Heritage Month in October.
Stay well and plan to join us in October!

Here is the list of films that we will be showing in October:

Man of Marvel

Sexmition (1983)

Katyn (viewer discretion)

Debt (2019)

The Rose (2011)

Saragosa Manuscript (1965)

The 2020 Kielbasa Cook Off will be held on Sunday, February 23 from 1:00 to 5:30 PM at St. Clement’s Hall, 3030 Tremainsville Road in Toledo.  We are currently looking for amateur kielbasa makers that would like to compete for the title of Kielbasa King or Queen! Click on the “Kielbasa Cook Off Entry Form” under PACT Resourses.  There you will find all the information you need and the entry form.  If you have questions, please email us at polishcommunity@outlook.com.  Last year’s first place winner took home almost $1,000.  Not only do you get to compete with other amateur kielbasa makers, you also get paid for every kielbasa sample that you give out!  Everyone who attends will get a ballot to vote for their top three kielbasa makers.  Please join us on the 23rd as a competitor or as a judge.  There will be additional food and plenty of beer on hand for the competition.73403957_10158363390281002_2212920859188789248_o

PACT’s annual member’s meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 16 at the Rosary Care Center on the campus of Lourdes University in Sylvania.  The meeting will begin at 6:30.  All members and those wanting to learn about PACT are welcome.  We will discuss what we have planned for 2020 and answer any questions from members.  Please plan on joining us on the 16th.  Light refreshments will be offered.

Here are some of the images of the Wigilia Celebration of 2019.  Thank you to all that came out to celebrate Christmas with The Polish American Community of Toledo and Toledo Poznan Alliance.  Thank you to John Drozdowski for the wonderful photos and leading the Polish Christmas carols!

Wigilia 2019

Wesołych Świąt!

PACT and TPA are proud to announce this year’s Christmas Eve traditional “Wigilia” Celebration.  The word “Wigilia” comes from the Latin word “VIGILARE” – to await.

This year’s celebration is scheduled for Sunday, December 15, 2019 at Olivet Lutheran Church’s Christian Life Center, 5840 Monroe Street in Sylvania.  Doors open at 5:00 and Wigilia program and dinner start at 5:30.

The Wigilia Celebration includes:

Lighting of the First Candle

Reading of the Passage of the Birth of Christ

Sharing of Oplatek

Meatless Meal of Traditional Polish Food

Explanation of Wigilia Traditions

Singing Traditional Polish Christmas Carols (Koledy)

Price: $15 PACT or TPA members, $20 Non-members,

$10 Children age 5-12 , Children under 5 Free

Tickets must be pre-paid.  You may send your check into PACT,

P.O. Box 1033, Sylvania OH, 43560


Click here to pay online.

Be sure to write “Wigilia” in the memo on your check and include a telephone number.

Call Rozanne at 419-944-5312 with your questions




It’s that time of year we are looking for memberships and renewals to our organization.
Please consider joining the Polish American Community of Toledo (P.A.C.T.) today!
Our goal is to celebrate and promote our Polish American Heritage through events like the Kielbasa Cook Off, the Northwest Ohio Polish American Festival, the Polish Film Series, Wigilia Celebration and much more!
All members receive a membership card that gives them free or reduced entries to P.A.C.T. events and discounts with participating businesses.

Just click on the link under PACT Resources on the left and download the application.  You can send it along with the annual fee to PACT, P.O. Box 1033, Sylvania OH, 43560.

Or Click here to pay membership online.

You can also purchase Wigilia tickets and buy St. Anthony and St. Hedwig shirts online.

The Polish American Community of Toledo (PACT) has announced  that the 2019  Toledo Area Polish American Festival will be held on May 17, 18, and 19, 2019  at the Club 16 facility located on King Road just south of Hill Avenue in Holland, Ohio.

“The 2019 Toledo Area Polish-American Festival” is being sponsored by PACT, a non-profit organization.  Proceeds will be used to fund scholarships for Polish-American students and to help fund the building campaign for a new Polish Community Center.

Anyone interested in more information about the event, call Tom at 419-540-8667 .

For information about volunteering, call Stan at 419-280-0035.

For information regarding entertainment and activities, call Tim at 419-410-6167

Children’s activities, call Rozanne at 419-944-5312 or Sherry at 419-260-1970.

2019 Toledo Area Polish-American Festival


DATES – May 17, 18, and 19th, 2019

TIMES – Friday 4 PM to 11 PM  –  Saturday 10 AM to 11 PM  –  Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM

LOCATION – Club 16 Grounds – 316 King Road (just south of Hill Avenue)

FACT – Over 360,000 people in the Northwest Ohio area can claim some relationship to having a Polish heritage.



MAIN FOOD – 4 main food vendors serving a variety of Polish foods such as kielbasa, pierogi, galabki, and other delicious items.

ADDITIONAL FOOD ITEMS – Assorted foods including desserts, shaved ice, gourmet delicacies and fried goodies such as corn dogs, mac and cheese and pizza for the kids.

ARTS & CRAFTS – European and Polish American artisans and exhibitors displaying their crafts in our unique shoppers’ paradise. Arts and crafts will include, but not be limited to, glass blowing, jewelry making, stone carving, leather crafting and more.

ENTERTAINMENT – Visitors will see full-time entertainment including well-known national and local polka bands and dance groups,

THEME – The main theme and purpose of “2019 Toledo Area Polish-American Festival” is to promote the Polish-American culture through food, music, dance, the arts and education.

FESTIVAL HOST – The festival is being sponsored by the Polish American Community of Toledo (PACT), which is a non-profit organization. Proceeds from the festival will provide scholarships to Polish-American students and financial assistance to other local groups who promote Polish cultural events. A portion of the proceeds will also be used to help build a Polish Community Center here in the Toledo area.


Friday night, something new, something cool!
DJ Tadeusz Gnida will spin the BEST songs from Poland and the US with our FIRST EVER Disco Polo Party!
For those who aren’t familiar with Disco Polo, it’s what ALL the DJ’s play at weddings, bars, festival and events all over Poland! Consider it polka music for the clubs!

Friday, May 17, 2019 Club 16, 316 King Road, Festival opens at 5:00 pm, Party starts at 8:00 pm!

Dancing with the stars, Polish edition starts after Echoes of Poland around 7:15 pm.

Echoes of Poland dancers at 6:30 pm.


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