The day will be full of music, dance, demonstrations and more!
The information below references the 2017 festival — updated information will be posted as it becomes available!
Main (Tent) Stage
- 12:15-1:00 pm: Junior Tamburitzans (dance)
- 2:00-4:00 pm: Harmonia
- 4:30-5:30 pm: Ariana Lem Joy
- 6:00-8:00 pm: Raya Brass Band
Cooking demonstrations will take place in the Galliker’s Cafe, which is accessible inside the Heritage Discovery Center courtyard.
- 11:30 am-12:30 pm: Rose Marinkovich (Vanilice Serbian Cookies)
- 1:00-2:00 pm: Maryann Manculich (Pagach)
- 3:30-4:30 pm: Greg Dulak (Borscht)
About a dozen entries have been received into the competition, which will be judged at the festival by Brian Subich (festival chair), Tom Chernisky (Cambria County Commissioner), Jim Burton (WTAJ weatherman), and Jennifer Shearer (PRESS Bistro).
- 11:00 am: Judging
- Noon: Announcement of the four finalists
- 2:30 pm: Announcement of winner and presentation
Speakers and Presentations
All presentations will take place inside the Heritage Discovery Center, in the education center on the first floor.
- 12:30 pm: Steven Purich, “My Experience as a Serbian Immigrant to Johnstown”
- 2:00 pm: John Righetti, “Carpatho-Rusyns, Carpatho-Russians, Ruthenians, Lemkos, Slavish…Mysteries of the Carpathians Revealed.”
- 4:30 pm: Harmonia, “Musical Traditions of Slavic Weddings”
Heritage Discovery Center
The Johnstown Slavic Festival is underwriting FREE admission to the Heritage Discovery Center and all the exhibits inside (including America: Through Immigrant Eyes, the Johnstown Children’s Museum, and the Iron & Steel Gallery) during the festival!
Vendors, Demonstrations, and Information
The following (non-food) vendors and organizations will be there:
- Psyanky egg decorating by Paulette Simunich (demonstration and sale)
- Slovak folk pottery by Karen Mesaros (demonstration and sale)
- Ukraininan History and Educational Center
- SHALA (Slavic Heritage Association of the Laurel Highlands)
- William Penn Association
- Croatian Fraternal Union
Music, dance and exhibits will be part of the 2017 program, as seen in these images from 2016.