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Village People at Pierogi Festival

Pierogi Fest® is pleased to announce that the Kings of Disco, the one and only VILLAGE PEOPLE are coming to this year’s festival at Oil City Stadium. Although the festival features five performance stages, this is the first time in Pierogi Fest’s 22 years that it has featured a major act.

Village People  have sold more than 100 million records and are known for their mega hits “Macho Man,” “Go West,” “In the Navy,” and “YMCA.” The hit band will perform live at 8p.m. on Saturday night, July 30th.  All tickets are $20 and will be sold through Ticketmaster subsidiary www.universe.com, www.pierogifest.net, or by contacting the Whiting Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce at 219-659-0292.

The band features a number of the original members.  Opening for the group is the band “Upper U.S. Showband” known for its zany satire and outstanding renditions of songs by Chicago and other 70’s and 80’s music. Upper US has played in the Hammond area to sold out crowds for more than 2 decades.

In addition to Village People (that is their real name- without “The”), Pierogi Fest, now in its 22 year, draws almost hundreds of thousands of visitors over a 2.5- day period, is the largest food festival in the Midwest, featuring more than 100 food booths; 80 arts and crafts booths, 25 Tchotchke (specialty) vendors, performance stages and the craziest parade known to man!

The Pierogi festival has been called one of the wackiest festivals on the planet by TripAdvisor, has been the subject of a rare front page story in the Wall Street Journal (2015);  named by Oprah Winfrey for five years straight as one of her favorite things to do in the summer; named as one of the 20 best food festivals in North America by Saveur Magazine; for 11 consecutive years the Times of Northwest Indiana’s Best Festival; a Blue Ribbon Festival of Summer in 2013 by Yahoo.com; featured on The Food Channel, Travel Channel, television stations throughout the United States, including the CBS television network, CNN, and stations in Germany, Slovakia, Poland, China and Australia. It is also a perennial favorite of extraterrestrials.

Pierogi Fest and Mr. Pierogi are registered trademarks of the Whiting Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce.

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Sue Baxter