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Security in place for 32nd Lagrange Street Polish Festival

The 32nd Lagrange Street Polish Festival runs through the weekend. The 32nd Lagrange Street Polish Festival runs through the weekend.
TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

This weekend is the 32nd annual Lagrange Street Polish Festival in north Toledo. CEO of United North, Terry Glazer, says the north Toledo community can occasionally get a bad reputation, but that the festival is a place for everyone to feel safe.

"I'm proud to say that we haven't had [any] incidents in the festival for the past five years. In fact, I believe this place is safer than people staying in their own home," said Glazer.

That feeling of safety comes from security measures that have been in place throughout the years.

"We have police officers, we have fencing and we have a policy that anybody under 18 needs to be accompanied by a parent or a guardian, so we don't have the problems that other festivals are experiencing," said Glazer.

Andy Emrisko, owner of Old World Foods, says he has been driving from Cleveland to the Polish festival for more than 18 years. He says his favorite part of driving down and selling pierogi and potato pancakes is meeting the people living in Toledo.

"I like the atmosphere here. I think it's good...and a lot of times people look at areas like this and they think, 'Well, there is crime and everything.' This I don't know. We've never had a problem with anybody here," said Emrisko.

Outside of security, there are some new things people can look forward to this year including a craft beer area and an inflatable play area. And don't forget about the long-running pierogi eating contest!

"I'm proud of the neighborhood because this neighborhood sticks together. And there's a lot of polish historical roots, but there is a lot of diversity here at the festival. And all the proceeds go back into the neighborhood," said Glazer.

The festival, continues all weekend:

  • Friday: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Saturday: noon - 11 p.m.
  • Sunday: noon - 7 p.m.

It costs $5 to get in Friday and Saturday, and $3 on Sunday. Admission for children 8 and younger is free.

For more visit the festival's website.

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