The historic Kielbasa Fest returns to Chicopee's Szot Park this weekend with Polk music, eating competitions and family-fun entertainment.
The festival begins Thursday at noon and runs until 10 p.m. The rain or shine event will take place from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
At the festival's peak in the 1980s, more than 60,000 people would flock to the back parking lot of the Fairfield Mall, which is now the Chicopee Marketplace. Thousands would take part in a four-day celebration of Kielbasa, Polka music, and all things Chicopee, according to K-Fest.com.
The event was conceived by the Chicopee Chamber of Commerce as a fundraiser in 1974.
This year, proceeds will be donated towards the E.J. O'Neil Insurance Agency food drive.
So this weekend, head down to 750 Front St. in Chicopee for some golden kielbasa, and polka dance demonstrations and music.
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