Prepping for St. John's Ukrainian Festival

By Suzanne Proulx

July 20, 2012 Updated Jul 20, 2012 at 5:19 PM EST

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Preparations for an 85-year-old tradition are underway.

St. John's Ukrainian Church has spent the past year planning and setting up for their annual Ukrainian Festival.

Highlights of the festival include homemade Ukrainian food and crafts, but the main attraction will be the live songs and dances on Saturday.

"We have all ages performing, actually ranging from maybe 2-and-a-half years old in our dance troop to choir members that are well into their 80s, so it really is a family event where the elders pass the traditions on to the younger people and we keep it alive because it's so much fun for us. We take a lot of pride in our Ukrainian American heritage and we love to share it with our friends and neighbors," said Parish Council President, Stephan Wasylko.

The festival will be Saturday and Sunday afternoons at Saint John's Ukrainian Church in Johnson City. Admission is free.

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