Slovenefest on Saturday celebrates heritage, culture

Volunteers with the Holy Family Altar Society were preparing for Slovenefest on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 513 Ohio, Kansas City, Kansas. (File photo by Kathy Hanis)
Father Peter Jaramillo of Holy Family Catholic Church was preparing for the annual Slovenefest, to be held Saturday. (File photo from Kathy Hanis)

by Kathy Hanis

Holy Family Catholic Church will celebrate Slovenefest 2019 on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Monsignor Mejak Hall and Holy Family School Grounds, 513 Ohio, Kansas City, Kansas, in the Strawberry Hill neighborhood.

All of the money raised supports Holy Family Catholic Church.

“Slovenefest is all about church and family, and preserving the Slovenian heritage and culture for the many members of Holy Family Catholic Church for over 100 years,” stated the Rev. Peter M. Jaramillo, Holy Family Catholic Church.

Slovenefest 2019 is a celebration of the Slovenian culture and will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, with a Holy Mass at Holy Family Catholic Church, 274 Orchard St., Kansas City, Kansas.

The festivities will run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and include children and adult games, a cultural booth, souvenirs, and a silent auction, and an authentic Slovenian dinner, serving one’s choice of Sarma (stuffed cabbage roll), Poljene Paprika (stuffed pepper), Krvavica (a specialty sausage), Slovenian potato salad and green beans.

Enjoy Tamburitza music from Hrvatski Obicaj from 5 to 6 p.m., and Slovenian polkas with The Brian McCarty Band from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The festival will be held rain or shine. For more information, visit

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