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Slovenian Sausage Fest 2013

Slovenian Sausage Fest
SNPJ Farm
September 11, 2013

The 10th annual Slovenian Sausage Festival hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum was held Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio. SNPJ is short for Slovenska Narodna Podporna Jednota which translates to Slovene National Benefit Society.

SNPJ Farm sign


Azman Quality Meats of Euclid, Ohio, took titles as the People’s Choice and the Best of Fest judges’ award as top Slovenian sausage – for the second year in a row.

Azman Quality Meats

Bill Azman of Azman Quality Meats


Raddell’s Sausage Shop of Cleveland was voted runner-up for the People’s Choice.

Ed O'Shaben of Raddell’s Sausage Shop of Cleveland

Ed O'Shaben of Raddell’s Sausage Shop of Cleveland


Maple Heights Catering, of Maple Heights, Ohio, received runner-up honors from the jury.

Maple Heights Catering

Maple Heights Catering

Judging the sausage

Judging the sausage

Judging the sausage

Eight polka music ensembles volunteered to perform for the Polka Hall of Fame fundraiser. Dancers worked off the calories from noon to nine in the evening. Many visitors brought accordions for impromptu jam sessions.

Accordion Player at Slovenian Sausage Fest


About sixty musicians performed, including Walter Ostanek, Canada’s Polka King.

Tony Petkovsek at Slovenian Sausage Fest

Tony Petkovsek at Slovenian Sausage Fest


In this video, musicians jammed to the polka song 'Let's have a party'.



Polka accordion band jam


In this video musicians jammed and people danced to the polka song 'Turn around, Stamp Your Feet'.



Polka accordion band jam


The Slovenian sausage (kranjska klobasa, in Slovenian) is made of coarse-ground pork, flavored with garlic, salt and pepper, and cured by smoking. Additional herbs or spices may vary from maker to maker, but the recipes were brought to America by immigrants from Slovenia a century ago.

Guy eating Slovenian sausgae klobasa kielbasa


Festival vendors also prepared rice and blood sausages, as well as potato pancakes, cabbage and noodles, apple strudel and other nationality treats.

Eating Slovenian sausage


The Slovenian Sausage Festival is held by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Euclid's historic original City Hall building.

Joe Valencic

Joe Valencic, President of the
National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum


Audio exhibits, vintage photographs and original instruments trace the story of the city's home-grown sound from its roots in the Slovenian neighborhoods to nationwide renown in the 1940s and 1950s.

The Polka Hall of Fame and Museum is located at 605 East 222nd Street in Euclid, Ohio, in the city’s historic former city hall. For more information, check the website at www.polkafame.com or call (216) 621-FAME.

National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum



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