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Slavic Festival

Some tasty treats are being cooked up in Cambria County this weekend as more festivals return after a hiatus from the pandemic.

The Johnstown Slavic Festival will return to Cambria City on Friday at the Johnstown Heritage Discovery Center and organizers expect a big crowd. You’ll be able to enjoy homemade Slavic food like nutrolls, pierogi’s, halushky and some new items like nutroll sundaes and Slavic beer. There will also be live music, dancing and vendors. The nutroll eating competition won’t return this year as festival chairman Brian Subich says that was a concern with COVID-19. Subich says the festival will be back bigger and better than ever.

“The festival has grown and I think that it has probably more than doubled every single year and I’m sure we will have thousands of people over the course of two days. We’re anticipating a good crowd the weather looks to be good so we’re looking forward to having everybody down,” said Johnstown Slavic Festival Chairman Brian Subich.

Over at the Geistown fire station Baconfest will also make a comeback on Friday. Organizer Andy Cvyekus says you can expect everything from candied bacon to bacon coffee and bacon flavored mushrooms. Baconfest will also have live music, vendors and a bacon eating contest. Money raised at the event will go to support the Richland Volunteer Fire Department and Geistown Borough.

“I’m just so excited, I’m so happy to see smiling faces so I hope they show up to eat some bacon. We did have a few food trucks that weren’t available because of the shutdown last year, but I have gained four new food trucks I’m so pleased to have them here and the creations that they’re coming up with is just phenomenal,” said Andi Cveykus the fundraising coordinator for the Richland Volunteer Fire Department.

Slavic Festival kicks off Friday at 4 pm and Baconfest will start at 5 pm. Both events will continue Saturday.

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