July Fest: 2nd Annual Pirohi Day


(Binghamton, NY) The Downtown Binghamton Business Association (DBBA), local elected leaders, City of Binghamton officials, Father James Dutko and parishioners of St. Michael’s Greek Orthodox Church hosted a news conference at the 45th Lenten Pirohi Project to announce details about the 2nd Annual Pirohi Day scheduled to take place during July Fest in downtown Binghamton July 10th-11th.  Last year, over 200 dozen pirohi were consumed during Pirohi Day and 10% of the profits generated were donated to the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (CHOW).
For the second consecutive year, Binghamton was crowned the Capital of America’s Pierogy Pocket of America by wining a national competition organized by Mrs. T’s Pierogies. To celebrate capturing the first title and the area’s affection for these potato dumplings, Pirohi Day was held in conjunction with July Fest. During the celebration, which helped earn Binghamton a second title, lines of people formed down Court St. to consume the delicious dumplings. 
This year, Pirohi Day will again feature a 5k Parlor City Pirohi Run around the city, entertaining polka music by Stanky and The Cadets (Scranton, PA) and plenty of pirohi to satisfy everyone’s appetites. For more information about Pirohi Day and July Fest in downtown Binghamton visit: http://julyfestbinghamton.com. July Fest hosts over 70 food and craft vendors on Court Street in downtown Binghamton.
"Last year, we found a great way to celebrate our title as the Capitol of the Pierogy Pocket' title," said Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Endwell). "I am very proud of the tremendous success of last year's first annual Pirohi Day. This year's Pirohi Day will again be an additional draw to downtown Binghamton for July Fest and give us the opportunity to celebrate the role of the pirohi in our community."
“Our passion for pirohi was demonstrated last year at Pirohi Day, July 12th, during July Fest in downtown Binghamton,” said Father James Dutko of St. Michaels Church. “Lines formed along Court Street to enjoy the delicacies from St. Michael’s, to dance to the sounds of Joe Stanky and His Cadets, to sign petitions seeking the retention of the title. A percentage of all proceeds were donated to CHOW, to date, through our love of pirohi, we have been able to donate over $26,000 to fight hunger in our community.”
“Again, our community can celebrate in the heart of the pirohi capital and show affection for these special dumplings,” stated Broome County Executive Barbara J. Fiala. “Pirohi Day has helped our community gain recognition for our heritage, its cuisine and for our generosity to help those who are less fortunate.”  
“Pirohi Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our community’s passion for pirohi and enjoy downtown Binghamton’s many offerings,” said Mayor Matt Ryan. “On behalf of the City, I’m pleased to support this event, and I encourage everyone to join us for it in July.”
“We are thrilled to celebrate Pirohi Day as part of July Fest in downtown Binghamton,” said DBBA President, Ron Sall. “The DBBA is again sponsoring Stanky and The Cadets to provide entertainment fitting for Pirohi Day. July Fest has been in existence about the same amount of time as the Lenten Pirohi Project at St. Michael’s has been. It is wonderful to pair both together in July to celebrate with the community in downtown Binghamton.”


03/27/2009 - 2:31pm