A tradition returns to the Southern Tier.
St. Michael's Greek Catholic Church has kicked off its annual pirohi sale.
Action News Reporter Jessica Light takes us to the Lenten fundraiser.
The line is long and stomachs are growling.
The 44th annual pirohi sale is underway at St. Michael's in Binghamton.
"I'm sure when you walked across Clinton Street you could already smell the butter and the onions and say 'boy somethings going on at this place!'" says Father Jim Dutko of St. Michael's.
Volunteers couldn't boil pirohi's fast enough for these hungry mouths.
Just a half hour after it opened its doors, St. Michaels had its hands full.
Liz Newton is introducing her granddaughter to the tasty tradition.
And it looks like little Olivia likes what she's snacking on.
"Well of course she eats Mrs. T's at home. And these are much better so she knows what pirohi are and she loves them." says Newton of Binghamton.
"If you don't pass down a tradition, it dies! That simple. No matter what tradition you have in your family. If you don't pass it on to the next generation, it dies." says Father Stephen Dutko of St. Michaels.
The pirohi tradition has helped Binghamton retain its royal status.
For the second year in a row, it wears the crown as the Capital of the Pirohi Pocket of America.
"Mrs. T's has now donated 20,000 dollars to CHOW through this award over the last 2 years. So having received the crown twice we're going for the triple crown this year." says Father Jim Dutko.
Not even the economy can slow sales down.
"Its quite surprising today. I was kind of wondering whether the line would be there or not because of the economic times." says Father Stephen Dutko.
The Pirohi King says the cost of ingredients did go up this year, but you won't pay a penny more.
St. Michaels wants to keep its delicacy affordable.
In Binghamton, Jessica Light, WBNG-TV Action News.
You can pick up pirohis on Thursday and Fridays.
The sale runs through April 10th.
Lunch is served on Fridays at St. Michaels on Clinton street from 11 am to 1 pm.
To order ahead call 729-0261.