Lithuanian Days, longest consecutive ethnic festival in US, starting in Pennsylvania

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This year, 16 and 17 August, American-Lithuanians in Pennsylvania will be celebrating their 100th Lithuanian Days festival, making it the longest consecutive ethnic festival in the USA.
Lithuanian Days festival

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