St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair aims to unite community

By: Sherri Kolade | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published May 18, 2017

 Fairgoers stroll the midway at a past event.

Fairgoers stroll the midway at a past event.

File photo by Donna Agusti

ORCHARD LAKE — St. Mary’s Preparatory Headmaster Cormac Lynn wants you to have fun at the 46th annual St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair — set for Memorial Day weekend — but keep in mind that you’re indirectly helping students. 

“This fair is the school’s largest fundraiser and helps provide financial aid, support student initiatives and improve our 120-acre, picturesque campus, including 26 historic buildings,” he said.

During a phone interview, he said that as a result of the fair and other fundraisers, the school is able to give students from different backgrounds an opportunity to attend school.

“That is an important part of our mission. … Without them (parents and community support), it wouldn’t happen,” he said.

The fair, at St. Mary’s Preparatory, 3535 Commerce Road in Orchard Lake, at the intersection of Commerce and Orchard Lake roads, will be open 5-11 p.m. May 26, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. May 27-28 and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. May 29. 

Lynn said in a press release that thousands of people come out to show support.

A Vegas tent will run 6 p.m.-1 a.m. May 26, 3 p.m.-1 a.m. May 27-28 and 3-7 p.m. May 29. After 6 p.m., attendees must be 18 or older and have a valid ID, or be accompanied by a parent to enter the fair.

Features on tap include the Milk Mustache Tour — which has interactive and educational activities about nutrition — a  sports tent and more. Fans can also enter to win tickets to Detroit Lions, Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons games that will be raffled off throughout the weekend, according to the press release.

“The St. Mary’s Prep Moms and Dads clubs work year-round on this annual fundraiser, and (it) is such an important part of supporting the students and their education,” said Kevin Foe, chairman of the St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair. “It is an honor and pleasure to host this fair, which brings together students, families, and the surrounding community and beyond to celebrate the start of summer and Polish traditions for a meaningful cause.”

Lynn added that parents work at the fair and operate food and entertainment tents, and the Vegas tent. Students also work at the fair.

“We definitely try to make it a family event, a great family atmosphere,” Lynn said, adding that the fair kicks off the summer. “We’re done with school (on May 25), so for our students it really does kick off summer. They go from final exams to working at the fair.”

Admission tickets to the St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair can be purchased online at a discounted price through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, May 25. Individual tickets bought online cost $5 per person and $10 for families of up to six people. General admission tickets purchased at the festival cost $6 per person and $12 for families of up to six. Children up to the age of 3 attend for free.

To purchase discounted general admission fair tickets and ride pass vouchers, visit www.stmaryspolishcountryfair.com.