Polish Scholarship Fund & Syracuse Polish Fest

The Polish Scholarship Fund (PSF), since its inception in 1954, has served to preserve and promote Polish heritage within the Central NY area. As part of this goal, our organization has awarded several $1000 scholarships each year to deserving college students. 

Welcome! Witamy!        

2023 Syracuse Polish Festival

Clinton Square Syracuse, NY.
67th Annual Syracuse Polish Festival will be held
June 9-11, 2023
Party under the sky… See you there !!!

The three-day Syracuse Polish Festival is a family-friendly celebration of Polish culture, heritage, and traditions. Festival goal is to provide a variety of entertainment, including the sounds of Polka, Pop/Jazz, Dance-Funk music along with beautiful folklore dance performances by the group “Lechowia Dancers” from Canada.

Our event offers attendees a taste of Polish and American cuisine and Polish beer along with Polish and American arts and crafts. One of the main attractions is the annual  “Pierogi Eating Contest” and “Miss Polonia” presentation.

During the festival, kids can enjoy a variety of hands-on arts and crafts and interactive games and inflatable activities for them. Our efforts are based on providing a fantastic, fun time to those who visit by holding high standards and ensuring comfort. We keep the whole family busy.

The Festival is also an opportunity to award the annual scholarships for talented students as well as honoring the “Pole of the Year” for the honoree who contributes to propagating and maintaining Polish culture in our community.

Our non-profit organization wants to wholeheartedly thank the people of CNY for their continuing support – our success motivates us to work even harder to provide them fantastic family memories.

June 9-11 Festival Entertainment

Friday, June 9

Noon- Polish Flag Raising Ceremony at City Hall

4pm-6pm Joe Stanky and the Cadets

6pm-7:30pm Use Caution Band

7:30 pm “Pole of the Year” Award

8pm Diana Jacobs Band

Saturday, June 10

Noon-1pm Salt City Brass

1pm-2:30pm Tony’s Polka Band

2:30pm Lechowia Dancers

3pm-4:40pm John Stevens Polka Band

4:40pm Lechowa Dancers

5pm-6:20 pm Those Idiots Band

6:20pm-6:45 Scholarship Awards followed by Lechowia Dancers

6:45pm Jeremy Bobak followed by Lechowia Dancers

8pm- 10:30pm Prime Time Horns Band

Sunday, June 11

Noon- 12:15pm Lechowia Dancers

12:15pm 1:15 pm Simone Band

1:15pm -1:25pm Lechowia Dancers

1:30pm-2pm Simone Band

2pm Pierogi Eating Contest

2:30pm Simone Band

3pm 2023 Miss Polonia Award and Raffle Tickets Award

3:15pm – 3:40pm Lechowia Dancers

3:40pm-5pm Simone Band

5pm Festival Closing Ceremony

The Syracuse Polish Festival will be featuring 5th Annual ”Pierogi Eating Contest”

The contest will take place on Sunday, June 11, 2023 @ 2:00 pm in the Festival stage arena.  Contestants will have 3 minutes to eat as many pierogi as they can.

Entry Fee: $20.00 Please make checks payable to Polish Scholarship Fund, Inc.
Registration during the Festival, Friday and Saturday until 10 pm in the PSF Tent.

Eligibility: Open to all over 18 years of age.

Sponsors of Pierogi Eating Contest: Syracuse Polish Festival, Eva’s European Sweets and Polish Community Club from Utica.

$125 women competition  for the most pierogi eaten!
$125 men competition for the most pierogi eaten!

Maximum number of contestants will be limited to 10.

If you would like to make a donation to support our mission, please send a check made out to:

Polish Scholarship Fund, Inc.
6032 PO BOX Syracuse, NY. 13217

We greatly appreciate even the smallest donation!

Business and Marketing Opportunity

The Polish Festival in Clinton Square, Syracuse, NY. is a “fun-filled”, three-day event for the entire family, showcasing Polish heritage, culture and economic potential of the entire community. Expected to attract thousand’s of people, this event provides an excellent vehicle for corporations, community businesses and organizations to promote the visibility of their products and services.
Multi-media promotion of the Polish Festival will provide maximum exposure for sponsors and present them with excellent marketing opportunities. Moreover, sponsors will enjoy many occasions to interact with the public.

Please, feel free to send a message:    info@polishscholarship.org

Great opportunity for Food and non-Food vendors at our Festival, please connect with us!

This project was made possible with funds from the County of Onondaga through the Tier Three Support Program administered by CNY Arts.

2022 Sponsors of the Syracuse Polish Festival

Lee’ Colaguori Publicity & Promotions

This project was made possible with funds from the County of Onondaga through the Tier Three Support Program administered by CNY Arts.

2022 Donors to the Polish Scholarship Festival


On September 1st, 2017 , we received a letter from Maciej Golubiewski, Consul General of Poland in NY.

Ms. Miroslawa Banach,
I would like to thank you for the extreme passion, enthusiasm, and hard work that the members of the PSF organization and volunteers put into organizing the Polish Festival in Syracuse.
I sincerely thank you for your diligence and time committed to prepare for this 3 day event.

I am very happy that this event promotes culture and Polish heritage, adding to promoting Polish communities and strengthening the ties with the motherland. The attractive program, combining Polish cuisine, music, and folklore as well as awarding scholarships to talented students has truly added over the years to the engagement of American Poles in the Syracuse area. Moreover, it is an event that showcases Polish heritage to Americans.

I am aware of the challenges that your organization takes on. The sheer amount of visitors taking advantage of the rich cultural offerings and participation of honored guests is a great testament to how well you carry out the festival.

Huge thanks go out to all the volunteers. I am full of admiration for their unconditional hard work which really contributes greatly to the success of the festival.

I am glad that the festival is taking on such a variety of cultural aspects and is unique in character and that the Consulate General RP in New York can financially support your organization in this endeavor.

Best regards,
Maciej Golubiewski , Consul General of Republic of Poland in NY. Polish Scholarship Fund would like to say thank you very much  to Consul General Maciej Golubiewski for the kind letter .  Also, we were thrilled to receive from Consulate General in NY. individual in-kind gifts for our festival volunteers, thank you so much for everything.

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