Get ready to hop on the thrill rides, dance the night away and eat all the authentic Polish food your stomach can handle. The St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair is returning to Orchard Lake May 22-25, 2015.
A Michigan tradition for 44 years, the St. Mary’s fair, hosted by St. Mary’s Preparatory’s, lures 125,000 visitors and – set on Memorial Day weekend – is a great way to kick off summer vacation. Particularly if you’re planning on staying local here in southeast Michigan!
Kick things off on Friday with the inaugural “Country Music Night.” The highlight will be Yardbird Smoked Meats, a Keego Harbor-based restaurant serving up $10 combo plates of BBQ goodies. Organizers say this is the first time an outdoor food vendor will be at the fair in its entire history. Don’t miss out!
Of course, no fair is complete without carnival fun – and the St. Mary’s fair delivers with 45 midway rides. Options range from the 80-foot roller coaster thrill ride to a merry-go-round. A Kids Zone is filled with crafts; Creative Arts Studio of Royal Oak hosts artsy activities, too, like airbrush tattoos and “squirt the shirt.”
And bring appetite. You’ll find a wide variety of authentic Polish and all-American foods, including pierogi, golabki (stuffed cabbage), kielbasa and kapusta (sauerkraut) – plus hamburgers, fresh-baked goods, smoothies and more at the “St. Mary’s Grill.” The expansive menu offers price points from $2 to $10.
Also featuring top local bands like Mega 80’s and 50 Amp Fuse, St. Mary’s fair delivers music and dancing, too – plus a Vegas-style gambling tent with a cash bar.
Fair hours will vary throughout the weekend (note: attendees must be ages 18-plus with ID or accompanied by a parent if arriving after 6 p.m.):
- Friday: 5-11 p.m.
- Saturday-Sunday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
- Monday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
General admission is $5/person or $10/families up to six – kids under 3 get for free. Parking is free. Ride wristbands are $30 at the gate, or visit a participating Meijer location by May 21 to get one for $25. Also, for the first time ever for this fair, you can buy tickets online (note that a $2.50 transaction fee applies).
See the Metro Parent listing for details on the 2015 St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair in Orchard Lake.
This listing was updated for 2015 by Kim Kovelle.