Ukrainian Festival offers food, song, dance, corn maze and more

Ukrainian and picnic-style food, song and dances, hayrides, pony rides, corn maze, moon walk, volleyball and horseshoe tournaments and a varenyky (pyrogy) eating contest are among the offerings at the Ukrainian Festival on Sunday, Sept. 21 at Paproski’s Castle Hill Farm pumpkin patch in Newtown.

The event, at 25 Sugar Lane (off Route 302), begins with a divine liturgy at 11 a.m., celebrated by the Rev. Ivan Mazuryk, pastor of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church of Bridgeport.

Following the liturgy, the Ukrainian kitchen opens with varenyky (pyrogies), holubchi (stuffed cabbage), kobassa (kielbasa) with kapusta (fried cabbage) made by the parish women under the direction of Maria and Taras Slevinsky, along with picnic-style food, liver-and-onion sandwiches and homemade desserts.

Ukrainian dancers, crafts, music

A program will begin at 2:30, coordinated by Roman Stanislavsky. The Kolynonka Ukrainian Dance Group of Stamford, along with the Kit Family Singers and the Korenovsky Sisters, will perform.

There will be an exhibit of Ukrainian arts and crafts, coordinated by Gloria and Chrystyna Horbaty, and vendors selling Ukrainian artifacts, including embroidered blouses.

Other entertainment throughout the day, organized by Stephen and Diana Paproski, include volleyball and horseshoe tournaments, hayrides, corn maze, pony rides, petting zoo, moon walk and a varenyky (pyrogy) eating contest. Zabava (dance) music will be provided by DJ Ihor Lukiv.

Admission is by donation. Plenty of free off-street parking will be available. The event will be held rain or shine. Bring chairs and blankets. For information, call 203-269-5909 or 203-426-5487.