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Tasty Competition At Kielbasa Festival

August 12, 2018 GMT

PLYMOUTH — For Jaynan Temarantz, the 2018 Plymouth Alive Kielbasa Festival wasn’t just about the food, it was about keeping the community alive.

The festival started Friday and ran through Saturday night, with the kielbasa competition held Saturday afternoon.

Temarantz is the treasurer for Plymouth Alive and has been working with the festival for 13 years, including the kielbasa competition.

“The kielbasa is judged on taste, texture and appearance,” Temarantz said. “There are also two different categories, smoked and fresh and companies can enter into both.”

Temarantz said it’s things like the competition that keep her coming back every year.

“We’re a small town,” Temarantz said. “We just want to keep the town alive because if you don’t do things like this, what’s left? It’s a lot of work, but we do it because we love it.”

The winners of the kielbasa competition get a banner, a trophy, a medal and, of course, bragging rights until next year’s competition. Plymouth Alive’s Terry Womelsdorf emceed the competition, which was held inside the American Legion.

“We didn’t have a competition the first year,” Womelsdorf said. “We only had around a dozen vendors and that was 15 years ago. Now we have 85 vendors on our street this week.”

Bosak’s Choice Meats, Olyphant, came in first in the fresh category while Komensky’s Market, Duryea and Dallas, won in the smoked category.

Brenda Sepelyak, an owner of Komensky’s Market, said she’s been doing the competition since its first year and she loves coming back just to see the people.

“It feels great to win,” Sepelyak said. “But, most important to us is our customers, because for the competition, a panel of judges are deciding what’s best, but what counts most to us is how our customers feel about our products. The kielbasa festival is always happy, everyone always has a smile on their face because it’s a really fun place to come and enjoy.”

According to festival-goers, the kielbasa festival is more about bringing the community together to have fun.

Dallas resident Linda Wagner and her family attend the competition every year. She said she loves attending the festival, especially because of her Polish heritage. Wagner and her family started coming to the festival 10 years ago because “its just so much fun.”

“I didn’t just come for the competition,” Wagner said. “I come for the competition, the festival, all of it. I love everything about this festival. The vendors are wonderful, the American Legion is wonderful with the competition, it’s just great. I love the hometown support in Plymouth, it’s a good time with good food in a good town.”

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