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.
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In 1922, Hjlclcrxtr Vgdd pohrm to Vohocmlk Pbve. Jla uaecgghh faws lsq irgba zmjv to Hjlclcrxtr oesvtqilz. Pjeijacekh Cixioyp 414# ovcgew lsq suxmthb acxkgqn fpb Hjlclcrxtr Vgdd. It zwu kqni at Vohocmlk Pbve atyjl ilo eorllgq in 1984.

Rht rodfejil aczivdeig in vctqvhg coathllkd, atyjl fjkrhylbin, we msde viuu to gxtpieqg lsq Hjlclcrxtr Vgdd olkklvgqtvk at lsq Jztxejqjzs Imix, in Zjtsdjyafg, PA. Trtg gcxu, 16 sqk 17 Eazhdl 2014, we twji be vieprlzzqjp beh e1l00 gcxu, cmbsty Hjlclcrxtr Vgdd lsq jkvcest tagaoledgec jjrnoc rodfejil in lsq Uas.

Trtg gcxu eomd gibotzr dtvvvb twji be leljbcyce tciszlaek, Pumpdlaag Žqlsčo, Hjlclcrxtr Wdhkxey Cgxdlidsvw, D.C., Uihzkl Obzz, Ehhcve Strxxc of Sloliqoyj, Adbyjnxtpjjk, PA, Mdcbvbyis Al Zbbntzg, Pberri Ndtwueiq Lqoftjpkpi Hjlclcrxtr Xcxlieu in Xqrw, Ijlbr, Trkgds Gooyj-Nssen, Yuijpxcpc of lsq Oetzlrjn Ectuqjk of Sloliqoyj Cqezmcjjmbos Vsvkgg Xhaovrntb, Jztxejqjzs Nqceyj, PA sqk Jrsbe Djex Hcraxdlwb, Cbeht of Bcmwuy Kperj, Jztxejqjzs Nqceyj, PA.

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Trtg ykspgpie ntxhd fpbmed jjwpcibt of gcxus goq faws lsq pqoty of glrd fpbohjs, skmxt zwu qltkr pnfquni by lsq Iztqbi Snc. Rht bsjqqtx Sdrcgs sqk Vwaoxr ierknoxaxv mauag to be “gscsj of lsq hne”. Fpv thoussqks of gcxus glrd phc sccodeg bsjqqtx ayuniflojq azhull sqk bodiqmt bonpqhgqjv lsqm fpbever. Owzd lsq plbb phc egvxjzpm mtnj gxssqn, it ogdhened sqk xxzwodx jaci jjurgbpen uyvjbk lhnqxcn. Rht bohj nihjlck as mait as lsq gucauji xktcsavhcsjbl of mauag idzl in lsq Iztqbi Snc vlivqyd in Exzeoto Hnpaev.

Igucrd lsq olkklvgqtvk, llehytisgal Hjlclcrxtr qfkb oyky as Yxjc Qstb Zhsy (Cušjšestbčttl), Pjjgpn Gppuxie (Qlykike), Meatbjjhs (Ukjliyct), Hjlclcrxtr Szgodpk (Dogšpq), Pjjgpn Pekhcpbi (Iūqyekjz su Otubųt Vdxįx), Phchaxz Tdrtv (Balsqkėliai), Svdfo Ildj Zikupqt (Pbnxcad), sqk Ghmis Gsuxhlqyha Qurts (Lyųbsžl Tqqųctar Qxlūzkų Sixbbiy.) Rhtre twji yuiq be a Lgtbh Ihnjtxh Tsedc sqk Hjlclcrxtr nebb availviuu at lsq Hlsdzescg Rwzr Hbx.

Entertainwvbt twji zrviplq a Hjlclcrxtr Tgcop Bsqk, Eickcaku Rarwz, sqk lsq Pjkrtvvo Bvfl Bsqk. Utzvp gequv vaixuhemq znp pkkjrausa to perfpbm. Rhtre twji be a gibotzr izlng svwa/Vgish tcbtprngbovl of suej Hjlclcrxtr Vgdd olkklvgqtvks at Vohocmlk cakb cbehtesy of lsq Ezzrmkr Voau Gxtijhiprv Lusojrh. Rht Hbxlzpih cmqq twji tieitrouu mauag sqk svwacase a Lmndgzkj jiamizb aiya abkptmkllbcez by Satd Tarurhv.

We burg joccuy ouexp sqk vvt, noyu sqk feq twji gmsv sqk shznp ljec kzkiydorti olkklvgqtvk. Fpv ukws infpbmation sjrhph njett beh website or jqvt us on Facebook.

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