Learn. Connect. Immerse.Five years in, we know something about our festival visitors. They are Ukrainians and ‘wannabes.’ They are young and old and everything in between. They come as multi-generational family groups, couples, individuals. They come for nostalgic reasons or for first-time exposure to the rich Ukrainian culture. Baba and Dido want to be sure their kids and grandkids understand where they came from and why it’s important.
Our visitors love that we combine serious learning opportunities with moments of fun…think the Kurka Krap Kontest or Perogy Dance Lessons. The learning is possible through hands-on workshops or by observing experts.
Our visitors come from big cities, small towns, farms in Alberta and beyond. They love the small town safety and friendliness delivered without pretension. They love the great value we offer: free admission, free borshch samples, chances to win, and Zabava ticket prices that haven’t increased since Day One.
Our visitors use the festival to connect with family and friends, experts and locals. They begin to understand the depth and breadth of talent in the Ukrainian community and the unparalleled contribution made to the Canadian way of life.
This year we hope you:
• Assume a Ukrainian identity with a personalized historic Festival Passport
• Take a picture with Baba Magda and/or the cutest logo ever!
• Check in at the Information Table for:
o A coupon for a FREE borshch sample
o Souvenirs---program, tumbler, bag, Squeeze Your Baba doll
o A map for the self-guided historic driving tour (see below)
o A birthday present---yay!
o Chances to Win---Zabava 2018 tickets & Baba’s Bazaar gift certificates
o Your RV or tenting passes $20 per night per unit
o How to make budz
o How to write pysanky
o How to grind wheat
o How to Tie Your Hoostka (shawl, kerchief)
o About Ukrainian banknotes and stamps
o With family and friends (old and new) in the Beer Garden, Bazaar lounge area, Music Jam bleachers, Saturday night Zabava, over a Ukrainian combo plate!
o With local experts as they demonstrate what you want to learn
o Yourself in the richness of our culture: music, dance, food
o Yourself in the need to preserve and promote the Ukrainian culture for ourselves and our country
SELF-GUIDED DRIVING TOUR
• Pick up a map for a short country drive to see 2 Historic Churches:
o Holy Transfiguration Church (Star-Edna) 192002 Twp Rd 564, Open Sat-Sun 12-4 pm
o Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Star-Peno) 564080A RR 193, Open Saturday 12-4 pm