Preparations underway for St. Cyril’s Parish Festival in Binghamton


The holy rollers are back at it.

Parishioners at Saints Cyril and Methodius Church on Clinton Street in Binghamton have been busy rolling holupki in preparation for this Sunday’s annual festival.

Beginning in early May, the parish will produce roughly 10,000 of the Slovak delicacies of ground beef rolled in cabbage leaves.

The festival takes place inside two large tents set up in the church’s parking lot.

Volunteer Richard Nappi says the event is something of a homecoming for many.

“This whole event has turned into a reunion of sorts because I see my children’s friends who come from across the country.  A lot of them come in just for this event on Sunday because they remember their home parish,” said Nappi.

The Saint Cyril’s Parish Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m on Sunday, starting right after morning mass.

In addition to halupki, there will be other traditional Slovak foods like halushki and buchti, plus a chicken barbecue.

There will be adult games and kids games, a raffle, and themed baskets, plus appearances by local radio personalities Bill Flynn and Roger Neel.

And music from the Binghamton High School steel drum band followed by Rich Bobinski’s polka orchestra.

Halupki is available to eat on site or take out frozen until they’re all sold out.

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