Monday, September 25, 2023

Frackville Elks Hosts Halupki and Polka Extravaganza

The Frackville Elks hosted an event on Sunday that was all about Halupkis and Polka.
The Frackville Elks hosted an exciting culinary showdown at their "Best Halupki Maker" contest, which took place on September 24th, 2023. Halupkis, a beloved dish with roots in Eastern Europe and a strong presence in the coal region, featured prominently in this culinary competition. The dish is a  blend of beef, pork, and rice, encased in tender cabbage and smothered in tomato sauce.

A total of 18 participants entered the Halupki-making contest, each hoping to claim the coveted title of "Best Halupki Maker." However, only three contestants could emerge as winners. The contest's panel of judges included Schuylkill County Commissioner Gary Hess, Vince "Vinny" Roman, and James Samelko.

In a closely contested battle, Mary Pat Folweiler clinched the top spot, earning herself the title of "Best Halupki Maker." Derek Bulcavage secured the second-place position, while Mike Ulinitz claimed the third-place honors.

The Frackville Elks ensured that the event offered more than just a culinary competition. Attendees were treated to an enticing "Halupki Shot" as a special beverage option, allowing them to savor the flavors of the beloved dish in liquid form.  By the end of the event, all 900 Halupki shots were sold.

The festivities didn't end with the culinary delights. The Shenandoah All Star Polka Band headlined the event, transforming it into an unforgettable afternoon for all attendees. The band not only performed their classic hits but also officially released their new single, "The Halupki Polka".

The release of this single marked a significant milestone for the band, as it had been 21 years in the making. Frank Blozusky, the drummer for the band and also the songwriter behind "The Halupki Polka," had penned the tune over two decades ago.

For those eager to listen to the official recording or purchase the song, they could do so by visiting

In addition to their new single, the band treated the audience to a collection of oldies and classic polka songs, including favorites like the Beer Barrel Polka and the Pennsylvania Hills Polka.

Shenandoah Mayor Andrew Szczyglak joined the band on the dance floor for a special edition of the Czardas. 

The Frackville Elks lodge was packed to standing room only, underlining the success and popularity of this memorable culinary and musical extravaganza.

Story/Photos/Videos by J. Reed / Skook News