Ukrainian festival’s variety show to help raise funds for local Steelworkers

From Sudbury Northern Life:

Yarmarok Festival celebrates 35th year

Steelworkers Local 6500 will get support from members of the Ukrainian community this Saturday evening, Oct. 17.

Ukrainian artists, Chinese Heritage dancers, Irish Heritage dancers and Sudbury dance troupes will be performing at variety show this Saturday, beginning at 6 p.m., as part of the annual Yarmarok Festival held by the Ukrainian National Federation. It is being held at the hall at 130 Frood Road.

“This variety night is being done as a fundraiser for the United Steelworkers Local 6500 Strike fund. Admission is free but donations will be taken at the door,” said festival chair Keri Shewchuk.

“We have a lot of our members affected by the strike at our hall. We feel it is an obligation to help our our members and others as well.”

She said Ukrainians have a long history of working in the mines in Sudbury and the surrounding area.

“Every since Inco started, Ukrainians have been here working. My grandfather worked in the mines and he retired in 1983. He started when he was quite young.”

The annual Ukrainian Yarmarok Festival runs from Oct. 16-18.  All events are held at the Ukrainian National Federation Hall. Events during the day are free, said organizers.

Members of the Ukrainian Senior Centre is holding their own festival kick-off, Wednesday Oct. 14 at 6 p.m., at the Ukrainian Senior Centre, 30 Notre Dame. The Veselka School of Ukrainian Dance will be performing.

The official start of the festival is Friday evening, with a gala dinner, at 6:30 pm. Music will be by Zabava, and tickets are $35. For tickets, phone 673-7404.

A food fair will take place from noon until 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Vendors will be on site to sell traditional Ukrainian foods.

For more information, phone 673-0890, or visit

The newspaper site also has some video and photos of the food preparation:

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