TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - We are just a day away from the beginning of Lent, the season when Catholics and other Christians traditionally fast, leading up to Easter.
In the old days that meant cleaning the cupboard of things like lard, sugar, eggs, and fruit to make pre-Lent treats like the Polish-favorite Paczki.
The tradition continues in areas that still have large Polish-American populations like Toledo and over the years the jelly doughnut-like Paczki have become favorites of almost everyone in the area, regardless of ethnic background.
One of the most popular Paczki sales is happening from Sunday until Tuesday in Toledo's Polish Village on Lagrange St. in north Toledo.
Toledo's ONE Village Council held their 28th Annual Paczki Fundraising sale on Fat Tuesday, February 13 starting at 5 a.m. until 3 p.m, or until they sold out.
As of noon Tuesday, they had sold out! They started Sunday with 18 hundred dozen, which is 21,600 Pacski!
Prices were $7 per half dozen; $14 per dozen; and $12 for Polish coffee cakes.
The location is Chester Zablocki Center 3015 Lagrange St, Toledo, OH 43608, Corner of LaGrange & Central.
Michael's Café and Bakery in east Toledo held a Paczki Day Paczki for Paws celebration on Fat Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at 101 Main St. in the Weber Block Building.
Over 300 dozen paczki were made for the celebration.
The event provided cuddly animals and live entertainment and will benefit Paws and Whiskers along with sounds from Waite High School's show choir.
The catering manager said it's one of the best days of the year.