More than just a 4th of July event: Celebrate Poland is a long-standing, family tradition

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More than just a 4th of July event: Celebrate Poland is a long-standing, family tradition

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More than just a 4th of July event: Celebrate Poland is a long-standing, family tradition
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Celebrate Poland firemen's parade

POLAND, Ohio (WYTV) - The 12th annual Celebrate Poland event kicked off in style Friday night.

Poland Presbyterian Church volunteers love seeing long lines of people come out to the event.

"It's just amazing. People come for dinner and they also come for dessert. People come from miles around and as you can see... there's like thousands of people here, maybe not, but it seems like there are," said Rev. Dr. Debra May Cerra, Poland Presbyterian Church.

They started dishing up some tasty treats around 5:30 p.m., a menu that's worth the trip alone.

"We serve sausages and hot dogs and of course, strawberries and ice cream with biscuits and cakes of all kinds," said volunteer Ted Gough.

Lots of water was also on hand as spectators made their way from the church parking lot and down the hill to Main Street for the firemen's parade.

"The kids love the fire trucks and we're here for the candy as well," said Matt Lisovitch, who has lived in Poland for about three years.

While some were standing on the curb -- empty bags in hand, waiting for candy to come their way -- se veral others sat back and enjoyed the parade from under the shade.

Celebrate Poland, especially its firemen's parade, is a long-standing tradition that many people living in the village hold near and dear to their hearts.

"We've always done this. We did it years ago when our son was little. He loved the firetrucks and all that, it's a tradition," said Jerry Gentile.

"Oh, it's a great time! People are friendly, you know, you see people that you only see once a year at this event," said Lorry Gentile.

Jerry and Lorry have lived in Poland for about 32 years.

Even Daybreak Nation's own Jim Loboy was at Celebrate Poland, ready to snap a few quick selfies.

So whether it's the food or the fun that brings people out, when it comes to celebrating Independence Day in Poland, people say they'll keep attending Celebrate Poland for as long as they can.

If you missed Friday's activities, Celebrat e Poland continues this Saturday and ends with a fireworks celebration at dusk.

For more information about Celebrate Poland, visit WYTV's list of summer events!

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