Pierogi Fest in Whiting

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Pierogi Fest, Whiting, Indiana

What is a pierogi? A busha? A babushka? Expand your knowledge of all things Polish at the annual Pierogi Fest in Whiting. Drawing nearly 200,000 visitors each year, the festival celebrates the city’s Polish heritage and lets members of the Polish community poke fun at themselves at the same time.

Named after a dumpling that is typically boiled then baked or fried in butter with onions and stuffed with potato filling, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese or fruit, the festival has some unique traditions.

Mr. Pierogi and bushas wearing babushkas at Pierogi Fest in Whiting, Indiana

Women dress up like their grandmothers, known as “bushas,” wearing head scarves called babushkas. Members of the lawn mower brigade strut through town wearing sandals and socks, and people dressed up as life-size Polish pastries are always willing to snap a picture with festival-goers.

Experience the International Polka Parade – including the Precision Lawn Mower Drill team and the Pierogi Queen and her court – a SongFest, a pierogi toss and an eating contest, all packed into an exciting weekend, July 25-27, 2014.


  1. Jim protenic

    April 6, 2014 at 9:21 am

    My family grew up on pierogis. My dad runs our pierogi making at our church in Baden, Pa. They peel 500 lbs of potatoes weekly, then the cheese, prunes, cottage cheese and sauerkraut . They sell out every week. Good fundraiser.
    We are coming to your festival and can’t wait. Looks like fun

  2. Lorraine Troshak

    August 14, 2017 at 4:57 am

    I am 100. % polish from ambridge pa, moving here too fort Wayne Indiana there is no kind of polish anything here, which makes me sad!!!!!

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