31st North Dakota Ukrainian Festival kicks off in Dickinson

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DICKINSON, N.D. - A festival that started in Medora has grown to multiple locations across Dickinson.

The 31st North Dakota Ukrainian Festival will feature food, raffle prizes, dancing, and singing.

"About 30 vendors. All kinds of different things. Ukrainian vendors, non-Ukrainian vendors, local artists, things like that. Lots of food of course. That's when you'll be able to get your pierogies and your borash tomorrow," says Loretta Fazekas, Ukrainian Cultural Institute President, Festival Co-Chair.

And tonight's festival kick-off party and beer garden are new to this year's lineup.

July 23, performers from all over the state and the country will be here for the 31st annual Ukrainian festival. Anheluk says they'll have plenty of traditional Ukrainian songs, as well as a few American selections as well.

"We've been bringing in entertainment from the United States and Canada since the beginning. There's a network of Ukrainians across the U.S. and Canada, and there are so many great talented people," says Emil Anheluk, ND Ukrainian Dance Association President, Festival Co Chair.

The Ukrainian Dancers Stepovi and Ukrainian dance campers will be performing as well.

"We prepare for this year-round, and we're finally at the culmination," says Anheluk.

Fazekas says they want the festival to appeal to all ages and ethnicities, as well as invite people into their culture.

"The festival shows people a little bit about what we do and who we are as Ukrainians, and we do have a strong presence. And our always big thing is you don't have to be Ukrainian to come be a part of the festival," says Fazekas.

The outdoor festival kicks off July 23 at 11 p.m. at DSU's King Pavilion. ​