Kennywood Heritage Day Celebrates a Century of Fun

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Serbian Day marks 100th annual Kennywood picnic with cultural performers from across U.S.

100th annual Serbian Day at Kennywood

Every year, it's a thrill to celebrate our rich culture and history in the heart of Americana that is Kennywood," says Serb National Federation President John Martich.

Ethnic heritage days have been a Kennywood constant since the inaugural season in 1899--yet none have reached the milestone the Serbian picnic will hit this weekend.

On Saturday, July 16, the Serb National Federation will hold its 100th annual Serbian Heritage Day picnic at Kennywood. It is the longest-running heritage celebration at Kennywood (Croatian Heritage Day will also hold its centennial picnic on September 3).

Along with staples like barbecued lamb and traditional music, Serbian folklore ensembles and Tamburitzan groups from near (Duquesne, Monroeville) and far (Buffalo, Milwaukee, San Diego) will perform throughout the day. A traditional Serb dance known as the Kolo will cap the festivities, as organizers aim to wrap the circular dance around the Kennywood Lagoon at 7:45 p.m.

"We are so proud to be the longest-running heritage picnic at Kennywood," says Serb National Federation President John Martich. "Every year, it's a thrill to celebrate our rich culture and history in the heart of Americana that is Kennywood."

"Kennywood has always placed a great value on tradition, and few things match a group that's been coming here since 1917," says Kennywood General Manager Jerome Gibas. "We're honored to host the event and look forward to more Serbian Heritage picnics for years to come."

A schedule of events for Serbian Heritage Day can be found on the Kennywood Facebook page. For the full list of ethnic heritage picnics at Kennywood, visit http://www.kennywood.com/events.

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