Thomas Dabertin, president of Whiting Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce, which has put on Pierogi Fest for 21 years, said the nod was an unexpected boon for the chamber.
"It kind of gives me goose bumps," Dabertin
While the publicity could potentially have an impact on attendance at future festivals, Pierogi Fest already has national and international appeal.
said the festival drew between 250,000 and 300,000 visitors over the course of the July 24-26 weekend.
Pierogi Fest was started by the chamber 21 years ago.
In its inaugural year, organizers sold 900 pierogi out of the back of an ice cream parlor.
expects the attention will have a positive impact on the already strong demand for vendors and sponsors.
"We are, of course, in the midst of a real resurgence of interest in the community.
We are going through a gentrification.
This will only add to the interest, to the move to rediscover Whiting," Dabertin
"All around is an amazing achievement for a festival that celebrates a Polish dumpling," Dabertin