Lakewood OH

PHOTOS: Pierogi pinching tournament

(Photos by Kevin Kelley)
Vicki Dudzinski, of Westlake, begins wrapping the pierogies.

Sandy Neeson, of Westlake, puts the finishing touches on a dumpling.

Jean-Pierre Thut celebrates his victory.

St. Mary Magdalene parishioner Pat Kolba dishes out kielbasa and kraut during the festival.

By Kevin Kelley


A dozen people competed in a pierogi pinching contest Saturday at St. Mary Magdalene Byzantine Catholic Church in Fairview Park. The competition was a new part of the parish’s eighth-annual European Festival, a celebration of ethnic food, music and dance. Parma Heights resident Jean-Pierre Thut, at the event performing with the Gottscheer Tanz und Spielkreis Austrian Dancers, won the event despite never having eaten a pierogi, much less made one. Judging was based on speed as well as completeness of pinching. Thut won a $50 restaurant gift certificate, a T-shirt and coupon for a dozen pierogies sold by the church.



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