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St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair – Orchard Lake

Posted by Lisa LaGrou April 12, 2013 Local Activities

altThe St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair returns to Orchard Lake Memorial Day Weekend, May 24 through May 27, 2013. General Admission to the St. Mary’s Polish County Fair is free!

The St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair will offer a wide range of entertainment from top local bands, a Vegas tent, a large selection of mouth-watering authentic Polish cuisine, dancing and carnival rides.

Hosted and sponsored by St. Mary’s, the St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair is the nation’s largest high school fair and the largest fundraiser for the legendary educational institution, attracting more than 100,000 visitors each year.  Monies raised are used to support student initiatives and maintain and improve the 26 buildings that span three different centuries on the 120-acre campus.

From toddlers and children to great-grandparents, the Fair provides something for everyone this year. Activities include live entertainment, along with a mix of great food and family-centered activities throughout the weekend. 

Back by popular demand, an 80-foot roller coaster will highlight more than 40 Midway rides with plenty of thrill rides and Merry-go-Rounds, as well as a Kids’ Zone with crafts for youngsters. Creative Arts Studio of Royal Oak will provide many fun children’s activities such as pottery painting, mosaics, wax hands and squirt the shirt. Airbrush tattoos also will be available for children.

Polish food takes center stage at St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair. An expansive menu boasts authentic Polish favorites such as, kielbasa, pierogi, kapusta (sauerkraut), and golabki (stuffed cabbage).

Pierogi is aplenty at St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair. Varieties include Farmer’s Cheese, Sauerkraut, Potato, Mushroom and Potato/Cheddar.

Prices range from $2-$10. The Polish Combo Plate allows patrons to sample many of the Polish favorites and is priced at $10. The Polish Combo Plate includes:

  • Polish sausage served on a bun
  • Kapusta
  • Choice of three pierogi
  • Golabki (stuffed cabbage)
  • Dill Pickle

Separately, a large selection of traditional American fair food, such as hamburgers, corn dogs, fresh baked goods, smoothies and ice-cold adult beverages will also be available.

St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair 2013 Entertainment Lineup: TBD

The Vegas tent will return for visitors 18 years and older with several casino games: traditional Black Jack, Craps, Roulette, Big Wheel and Texas Hold’em.

Parents and professionals will serve as the dealers for all tables. A cash bar with adult beverages will be available for individuals 21 years and older who will be required to wear a wristband.  Admission to get inside the tent is $5 per person and identification is required.

Those who wish to gamble can pay cash in exchange for playing chips. The cash-out limit is $500. The St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair Vegas tent hours are Friday, 7 p.m. – 1 a.m.; Saturday – Sunday, 6 p.m. – 1 a.m.; and Monday, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

A Texas Hold’em tournament will take place Friday, 9 p.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturday, 9 p.m. – 11 p.m.; and Sunday, time TBD, with information on the Fair’s website. Half of the buy-in money will go toward the school and the other half will go to the player. On Friday, there is a $25 buy-in and a $25 buy-back opportunity; the winner will receive more than $1,000.  Saturday will be a $50 buy-in with a $25 buy-back; the winner will receive more than $2,000. On Sunday, an alumni championship will be held, which will be open to the public, with a $25 buy-in and a $25 buy-back. The winner will receive more than $1,000. Each tournament will have 100 seats available.

St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair visitors can also try their luck at a fast-paced game of bingo in a separate Bingo tent and win cash prizes. Bingo cards are $1.50 each.

St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair 2013 Hours:

  • Friday, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Monday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair 2012 Admission Info:

Admission to the Fair is free. Parking is $10. All-day ride passes can be purchased at the gate for $25 or in advance at any participating Meijer store location, prior to the Fair for $20.

2013 St. Mary’s Polish County Fair
3535 Indian Trail
Orchard Lake Village, MI 48324

The St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair, the traditional start to Michigan summer, serves as host to more than 110,000 fun seekers each Memorial Day weekend.  The four-day Fair will be held Friday, May 25 – Monday, May 28 and will be open from (5 p.m. – 11 p.m. on Friday; 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Saturday – Sunday; and 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Monday).  Orchard Lake St. Mary’s is located at 3535 Indian Trail in Orchard Lake at the intersection of Commerce and Orchard Lake Roads.  All weekend entertainment schedules and any additional public information can be found at StMarysPolishCountryFair.com, on Twitter @St_Marys_Fair and on Facebook at facebook.com/StMarysPolishCountryFair.

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