Sugar Ray to play Pierogi Fest this summer (2024)

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Sugar Ray is going to fly into Pierogi Fest this summer.

The annual festival in downtown Whiting that celebrates the Region's Polish heritage and Eastern European cuisine brought in Smash Mouth last year, and is now planning to bring in a big name musical act to headline with a free concert every year, organizer Tom Dabertin said.

"We had a massive show last year. It was shoulder-to-shoulder," he said. "This should draw more people, but it's also something festival goers are looking for."

Pierogi Fest hosts more than 50 musical acts on six performance stages, including many polka, acoustic and tribute bands. It also will feature 55 food booths selling pierogi, halupki, golabki and other Polish fare, as well as two beer gardens and55 arts and crafts and tchotchke vendors.

Sugar Ray will play a free concert on the main stage at 8:30 p.m. July 27. Expect to hear hits like "Fly," "When It’s Over," "Every Morning," "Someday" and "Into Yesterday."

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Formed in Newport Beach, California, in 1986, the band started out playing funk metal and nu metal but evolved into a more pop sound. It had a No. 1 hit in 1997 with the bouncy ska- and reggae-tinged song "Fly," which catapulted the band into mainstream success.

Sugar Ray is helmed by frontman Mark McGrath, who also has found success on television as a host of shows like "Extra," "Killer Karaoke" and "Don't Forget the Lyrics!" He was named "sexiest rocker of the year" by People magazine and has appeared on the cover of magazines like Spin and Rolling Stone.

Sugar Ray has continued to tour and perform live, including a recent free New Year's Eve show at Hard Rock Casino.

Pierogi Fest will take place between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. on July 26 and July 27, and between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on July 28.

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Sugar Ray to play Pierogi Fest this summer (2024)

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Sugar Ray to play Pierogi Fest this summer? ›

WHITING, Ind. — Sugar Ray will perform at Pierogi Fest this summer. This year's fest will be held July 26 through July 28 in downtown Whiting, Indiana. In the annoucement made Friday, the festival said the band would headline on the main stage on July 27 at 8:30 p.m.

How many people attend Pierogi Fest? ›

However, Pierogi Fest® can get very hot and crowded with over 300,000 people in attendance each year. If you do decide to bring your pup, take a picture of your furry friend with the hashtag #PierogiPups for a chance to be featured on the Pierogi Fest Instagram. What happens if it starts raining?

What is Whiting Indiana known for? ›

Whiting, Indiana | Home of the World-Famous Pierogi Fest.

What day is Pierogi Fest in Whiting? ›

July 26-28, 2024

Pierogi Fest®, the pride of Whiting, is an opportunity for the residents to celebrate their heritage while poking a little fun at themselves at the same time.

How old is Pierogi Fest? ›

Pierogi Fest
Years active29
Inaugurated1994
FoundersMarty Dybel, Tom Dabertin and Darlene Beerling
Participants650
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What country do pierogi come from? ›

pierogi, one or more dumplings of Polish origin, made of unleavened dough filled with meat, vegetables, or fruit and boiled or fried or both.

What is the crime rate in whiting Indiana? ›

Whiting Annual Crimes
ViolentProperty
Number of Crimes789
Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents)1.5519.65

Is whiting, Indiana a nice place to live? ›

Whiting is a small midwestern city and it is exactly the way you'd expect a small midwest city to be. I like the small homey feeling Whiting has. The lakefront is beautiful. Downtown is great for meeting up with friends and family.

What is the median household income in whiting Indiana? ›

In 2022, the median household income of the 1.58k households in Whiting, IN grew to $59,740 from the previous year's value of $50,590.

Who won the pierogi fest? ›

Pierogi fest 2023 🥟😃 Pierogi toss winner : Hampton & Payton Gryniewicz Pierogi eating winner : Jacob Urbanowski with 37 pierogis eaten after a special 2 minute tie breaker! Mr. Pierogi was horrified to watch all those pierogis get tossed around and devoured at the pierogi toss and eating contests!

Why is the Pierogi Fest in Whiting, Indiana? ›

Pierogi Fest® began when Marty Dybel, Tom Dabertin and Darlene Beerling sat down one afternoon to discuss Marty's idea to creating a festival that celebrated Whiting-Robertsdale's ethnic heritage, including family memories, customs and food.

What holiday do you eat pierogies? ›

Every Christmas Eve, Polish peoples look forward to including pierogi as part of their traditional dinner.

How many people attend Country Fest in Wisconsin? ›

are you going to attend Country Fest Wisconsin? Yes, I am No one is attending yet. Crash “country's largest party in a hayfield” this June with 90,000 country music lovers in Cadott, Wisconsin.

Is Whiting, Indiana a suburb of Chicago? ›

Whiting is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 4,574. Whiting is in Lake County. Living in Whiting offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Whiting there are a lot of bars, restaurants, and parks.

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