Organizers seek bakers, volunteers for ‘Simply Slavic’ festival

Organizers of the second annual “Simply Slavic” festival are seeking home bakers and volunteers for this year’s event, which occurs from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 16 in downtown Youngstown.

The event needs volunteers of every age, skill and ability. People are needed for setting up and tearing down, ticket sales, and assisting with the baking contest and cultural displays. Various three-hour shifts are available and volunteers get free admission. Forms are available online. For more information, email or call at 330-503-9874.

Slavic baking contest – Contestants are invited to submit their favorite ethnic bake goods and recipes for the second annual Slavic Baking Competition. Contestants 18 and older are asked to fill out a registration form (available at City Hall or by download ). Contestants should submit completed forms with $10 and a recipe description of 100 words or fewer. Participants are asked to highlight the recipe’s Slavic roots and cite holidays when it might be prepared. Entries will be accepted until June 1.

On the day of the event, participants are asked to bring their entries to the festival’s baking contest table no later than 3 p.m. Contestants should bring two of the baked items (if cookies, two dozen) packaged separately. One set will be used for judging and serving and the other will be sold to raise funds for future scholarships. For more information, contact or call 330-792-6281.

About the organization – Simply Slavic was created in 2011 to educate the region’s large number of Slavic descendants and the community-at-large about Slavic heritage. It included live Slavic music, folk dance performances, homemade food, children’s learning areas, educational exhibits and workshops and ethnic vendors. Since then, the group has expanded its efforts to share world news and event information of interest to Slavs on <>  and through a Facebook page.

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