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It's polka time ... and if you can't dance, eat

FAYETTEVILLE - Almost everyone loves to polka, and everyone loves to eat.

Satisfy both appetites Saturday, April 30, when Chambersburg Polka Charities hosts its annual Polka Party Dinner and Dance at Fayetteville Volunteer Fire Department Community Hall, 101 Main St., Fayetteville.

“Nobody cooks the ethnic food anymore, so we fill that bill,” said Joe Martinchick Sr., former president and current charter member of the organization, in a press release announcing the event. "We’ll prepare 400 stuffed cabbage rolls, 130 lbs. of fresh kielbasa and 450 pierogis plus other ethnic side dishes. The menu also includes dessert and beverages. Young and old come to enjoy the evening. Even if one doesn’t like to dance, they love to eat or just sit back and enjoy watching the folks dance."

All of the money raised each year is given to local charitable groups. This year the funds raised will go to the Fayetteville V.F.D. and the Falling Spring Wounded Warriors Support Group, which brings wounded soldiers from Bethesda to Franklin County for a day of fishing or hunting.

The Shoreliners band will provide not only polka music but all types of music to suit the dance steps of the crowd.

The dance also features a raffle with prizes donated from local businesses and members. Tickets are sold separately from the dance/dinner tickets which are sold at $25 each. The doors open at 5 p.m. with the buffet line beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Last minute tickets may be purchased by calling Diana or Gus Alexiou at 717-263-3673.