PERTH AMBOY — Approximately 1,000 people attended the inaugural Ukrainian Cultural Festival on Saturday, June 22, on the grounds of The Assumption Catholic Church at the corner of Meredith Street and Paderewski Avenue. Under the direction of Rev. Ivan Turyk, in his third year leading the Perth Amboy Parish, the event was a huge success showcasing Ukrainian heritage and raising funds.
With this festival, the Ukrainian Assumption Church, a fixture in the city for 105 years, has recommitted to opening its arms and embracing the community. Throughout the sun filled day, guests including U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone and Perth Amboy Mayor Wilda Diaz, had the opportunity to sample Ukrainian and American cuisine, enjoy traditional ethnic dance and vocal performances and purchase items from various vendors. The children had fun playing games, winning prizes and getting their faces painted.
Visitors also had the opportunity to tour the beautiful church and school, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a banquet on October 12, 2013. Coming off of this triumphant venture, Father Ivan has already announced that the second annual festival will be held on June 21, 2014.
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