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Get ready for Paczki Day in Lancaster

Paczki, the deep-fried dough orb filled with jam and covered with powdered sugar, will be the main attraction as throngs of hungry celebrants convene next month in Lancaster to mark Annual Paczki Day.

The one-day festival is scheduled  from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 at the Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway. Featuring the Polish Heritage Dancers at 3 p.m.and music by polka band Special Delivery from 2 to 6 p.m., the festival marks the last feast of plenty before the Lenten fast begins.

Paczki will clearly be the star of the party with fillings including the favorite black raspberry and marmalade from fried rose buds. The church kitchen will be serving traditional ethnic cuisine, including complete dinner and a la carte items. Wash it down with some icy cold Polish beer that will available for sale.

At the festival, the paczki king, queen, prince and princess will be crowned.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Children under age 12 are admitted for $2.

Tickets are available at the Am-Pol Eagle, 3620 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga, and Salt Lamps Etc., 5274 Broadway in Lancaster.

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