Getting ready for the fair is a long time in the making each year for All Saints Ukrainian Catholic Parish.
The popular booth at Northwest Territorial Days has been around since the mid-sixties, and is the biggest fundraiser for the church, Marusia Kobrynsky said.
“If it weren’t for this the church would have died decades ago,” Kobrynsky said.
Preparing for the event isn’t a small feat. About 1,000 dozen perogies are made, Kobrynsky said, along with 18 roasters filled with 14 dozen cabbage rolls per roaster.
Cooking is what parish members do over the winter, Kobrynsky said.
“The borscht turns out differently every time because every lady makes it.”
Booth volunteers are young and old. Some have been working at the booth when the fair comes to town for 20 to 30 years, while others are students looking for community service hours.
“People enjoy coming here and eating good food,” volunteer Don MacKinnon said.
While the three days put the “work” in volunteer work, Kobrynsky said working the booth is lots of fun.