St. John the Baptist Church’s 77th Annual Ukrainian Festival

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St. John the Baptist Church’s Ukrainian Festival returns this weekend with traditional food, music, and dancing for it’s 77th year.

Some highlights of the festival include the traditional dancers and tours of the breathtaking catholic church. Food is also a major attraction of the local event. Organizers have worked for months to prepare for the festival, Pat Burak said. The festival goes through approximately 700 pounds of onions, 3,000 stuffed cabbages and 15,000 potato dumplings, Burak added.

Burak helps to coordinate the annual event. She, along with Greg Lisnycqyj, who is the Assistant Director of the Odessa Ukrainian Dance Ensemble of Syracuse say that the traditions passed on from multi-generations really help to bring the community together.

Event goers are encouraged to come and explore the festival to see and learn more about the Ukrainian traditions that have been celebrated for many years in Central New York. The festival begins on Friday, July 27th at 4pm and continues from noon to 11pm on Saturday, July 28. The festival is held at the St. John the Baptist church on Tipperary Hill at 207 Tompkins Street.

To learn more about the festival and the church visit

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