Every year, on the last weekend in July, the Whiting Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce puts on the Pierogi Fest. Exactly how this tradition was started isn’t agreed upon by the town’s residents. However, what is agreed upon is that this festival is a great way to celebrate the town’s Eastern European heritage. The namesake of this festival, the pierogi, is a dumpling which is stuffed with a variety of possible fillings, ranging from sweet to savory, and cooked in boiling water. All types of pierogi imaginable are sold at this event. There are also pierogi activities such as a pierogi toss, a pierogi eating contest, and a pierogi feud. Other attractions include a polka contest, slovak dancers, and multiple music groups. There are characters in costume that make an appearance at the festival each year such as Polkahontas (the leader of the Polka contest), Mr. Pierogi (a man in a pierogi costume), the Pieroguettes (12 dancers, each portraying a different flavor of pierogi), and others.
More information about the festival can be found at its website: http://www.pierogifest.net/