Broome County's Ethnic Festival Less Than 2 Weeks Away

BINGHAMTON, NY - Broome County is getting set to celebrate its rich ethnic heritage with the Broome County Bicentennial Ethnic Festival, October 21st. The event will run from 10am-6pm at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. Admission is $2. Children 10 and under are free.

The festival will feature performances from a number of local groups including the Sacred Heart Ukrainian Dancers, the Roberson International Folk Dancers, the Kopernik Polish Cultural Society, An Fainne Ban, the Unexpected Step Team and many others. (performance schedule)

The festival also features more than 40 vendors selling ethnic food, arts, crafts, jewelry, accessories and much more.

The Broome County Bicentennial Committee decided months ago that no Bicentennial Celebration would be complete without a recognition and celebration of the many ethnic groups who came to Broome County many years ago. They brought with them a tremendous work ethnic and diverse cultural traditions that helped make this community what it is today. The Committee also felt it was important to acknowledge the more recent ethnic groups who call Broome County home. All of the groups have made significant contributions to our community in terms of food, music and entertainment and most all of them will be showcased at the festival.

On Friday, October 20th, Broome County’s Bicentennial Committee will hold an opening ceremony for the Ethnic Festival. That event will take place at the Broome County Courthouse beginning at 5pm. The Binghamton University Gospel Choir is scheduled to perform. The event will also feature remarks from Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala and members of the Broome County Bicentennial Committee. Honorary Bicentennial Co-Chairs, Senator Tom Libous and Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo are also expected to attend.