Two annual events, Dozynki Harvest Fest and Art in the Park, will coordinate with each other again this year to bring art, food, music and Polish heritage to downtown Stevens Point the weekend of Sept. 14 and 15.
The 9th Annual Dozynki Polish Fest will celebrate Portage County’s Polish culture Friday, Sept. 14, from 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 15, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Public Square, the Crosby Avenue parking lot and along Main Street in downtown Stevens Point.
The 43rd Annual Art in the Park will celebrate youth art Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pfiffner Pioneer Park in Stevens Point.
As they have done for the past several years, the events will be connected Saturday by free trolley rides from the downtown bus plaza to Pfiffner Pioneer Park.
“There are plusses for both of us I think,” said Patti Adamski, coordinator of Art in the Park for the past 29 years.
“We sort of said why don’t we get together and see what happens,” said Leon Ostrowski, president of Heritage of Portage County, one of the sponsors of the Dozynki. “We had almost a doubling of our attendance (that first year).”
“Every year the event has been growing and we’ve been encouraged by that,” said Ostrowski, who estimates about 7,000 people attended the events over the weekend last year, drawing visitors from around the state and from some surrounding states. “It’s catching on.”