The first plan to revive the Polish harvest in an American setting got under way in 1938….

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“Warwick in History” – The first plan to revive the Polish harvest in an American setting got under way in 1938 by the late Orrin Pearson, farm editor of the MIDDLETOWN TIMES HERALD, and the late father Joseph Polsenski, assistant pastor of St. Joseph’s Church, Florida. A severe flood delayed all plans that year and it was postponed until 1939.

On August 15th, the first Onion Harvest Festival was held near Finnegan’s Corners on the Durland Farm with 200 young people all in bright, colorful, traditional costumes participating in the pageantry. The Queen of the Harvest was Martha Plock and members of her court were Genevieve Kowalczyk, Eleanor Weitz, Loretta Brozycki, and Adele J. Blahaus. Principal speaker for the occasion was the first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt.