Kashubian Capital Centennial 2021 Festival kicks off


Are you ready to have some family fun with exciting water games and activities on a Saturday? And then the next day, parade with your pets and take the whole family out dancing at our first annual Fur Ball?

On Saturday, July 31, from 12-4 p.m. and on Sunday, August 1, the Kashubian Capital Celebration 2020 — which was postponed due to the pandemic — is starting up with the Family Fun Day Smigus Dyngus (Wet Day) and then the March of the Pomeranians, both to be held at Sobieski Park in Winona.

Smigus Dyngus — a free event, but with all food and beverage proceeds to benefit the co-sponsor, Winona Public Library — is a traditional Polish holiday where families gather and have fun centered on water games and activities. On Saturday, July 31, from 12 to 4 p.m., join us for huge squirt guns, water paint balls, coloring contests, Polish food trucks with award-winning perogis and brats, and special Polish craft brew from Island City Brewing Compnay for the adults.

The March of the Pomeranians is a pet parade (for all types of pets). It is free to participate, but to compete for fabulous prizes including our costume contest, a dollar-per-pet-leg fee is charged, with all proceeds going to the Winona Area Humane Society. The furry fun will start at noon and run through 4 p.m. with judging at 2 p.m. It will include an adoption event to become a new pet owner for next year’s march. In addition, Aaron Repinski will be live DJ-ing a Fur Ball dance party and Mary Farrell will be offering timeless keepsake pet portrait photography. Polish food trucks and the beverages will again be available.

Registration for the Coloring Contest for Smigus Dyngis and to enter the competition for the March of the Pomeranians can be made at www.kcc2020.org, where you will also find more information.

Contact Kashubian Capital Centennial 2021 (KCC2021) chairwoman Michelle Alexander at michellecitycouncil@gmail.com with any questions or to receive more information.

The KCC2021 events are all made possible by a generous grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC), our festival sponsors including CoCa Cola Bottling of Winona, and WNB Financial, and are produced and ogranized by the Winona International Friendship Association (WIFA) and the city of Winona. 2020 was the 100th anniversary of the founding of modern Poland, and the Kasubian region of Poland is home to Bytow, one of the sister cities of Winona, and where a great deal of the Polish immigrants who settled in our region and help build Winona originally hailed.


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