Itâ€™s not just about the food. But anyone who has attended any one of the annual Little Poland Festivals in New Britainâ€™s knows delicious Polish dishes and an unabashed display of Polish pride make this festival one of the cityâ€™s premiere events.
What began as a few booths on Broad Street in 2012, soon expanded to several city blocks where locals and visitors from nearby states found entertainment, contests and crafts presented with a Polish flair along with offerings from other ethnic cultures including food from Italian and Puerto Rican restaurants.
According to Lucian Pawlak, who is organizing the sixth annual festival, last yearâ€™s event brought about 20,000 people into the city.
Notably, this year could see a larger turnout as it is the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining independence and the 10th anniversary of the designation of the Broad Street area known as â€śLittle Poland.â€ť
With the expansion of the festival comes the need for more city services such as police details and sanitation services along with the cost of bringing in carnival rides and setting up stages for entertainers and live bands.
In the past, the Polonia Business Association which sponsors the festival has relied on donations from the community to help foot the bill.
But, each year, as the event grows, so does the expense of holding it.
Pawlak told The Herald, the festival committee still needs about $33,000 to fund this yearâ€™s celebration and time is growing short.
The festival is set for the end of this month.
He hopes that those organizations, businesses and individuals who have not already made a donation will do so soon to ensure the festival will go on as planned.
After all, the Little Poland Festival is not only a celebration of Polish culture, it also showcases the city and gives New Britain an economic and public relations boost.
So, we encourage everyone to support the Little Poland Festival by visiting the Gofundme page at www. littlepolandfest.com., with the understanding that even a small donation is a big investment in the community.