Erie to witness the return of German Heritage Festival in September

Published on : Thursday, June 3, 2021

As the summer rolls in, some of the popular ethnic festivals in Erie have started making a comeback.The German Heritage Festival is set to take place on September 4 and 5 at Saint Nick’s Grove.


After the Covid 19 pandemic forced organisers to cancel last year’s celebration, this year marks the 25th anniversary of the event.


For months, German Heritage Fest co-chairwoman Melissa Lesniewski was worried she’d have to cancel this year’s festival as well.


“When you’re trying to raise money to keep things going, it makes it hard,” said Lesniewski.“I mean so many organisations have felt the same pinch.”


But with an increase in vaccinations and an ease in restrictions, Lesniewski decided to move forward with the event.
“We were just holding our breath, to be honest,”said Lesniewski. “When we heard the news that things were opening up and that outdoor activities we’re going back to full swing, I think we did a dance in the hallway.”


According to Lesniewski, all of the money raised during the celebration, is poured back into the event.


“A lot of people don’t understand why we charge the $5.00 admission, or the two day passes,” said Lesniewski.“The money comes in through our gate, like the beer sales, goes for our entertainment, our dancers, the grounds, the tents, everything.”


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