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41st Annual MacGahan Festival

The 41st Annual MacGahan Festival will be held on Friday, June 7, 2019 from 7:30 - ?? at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Jefferson St. at Monument Square and Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at several locations in New Lexington - Ohio.


 41st Annual MacGahan Festival

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This year’s 41st Annual MacGahan Festival to be held Saturday, June 8th will be missing one of its founders, Carma Jean Rausch, who recently passed away on Easter morning. She will be honored at this year’s luncheon.  On Friday evening, early arrivals will gather at the K of C Hall on Monument Square in New Lexington.

Saturday, June 8th the festivities will begin at 10:00 AM with a Memorial Service at the New Lexington Cemetery with a Christian Orthodox Liturgy and the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard.  At 11:00 AM there will be an unveiling ceremony for the Januarius MacGahan Ave. sign in downtown New Lex next to the old municipal building.  This will be followed by the traditional wreath/flowers laying ceremony in front of the statue.

This year the Bulgarian-American luncheon will be held in the lower level of the St. Rose Parish Hall at noon.  The P.C. MacGahan Scholarship will be awarded.  Author Kamelia Popova who lives in Chicago will present his booklet entitled, A Forgotten Hero: American Journalist Januarius MacGahan and His Crusade for Bulgarian Freedom, 1876-1878. There will be a special tribute to Carma Jean Rausch, long time organizer of this festival followed by a Bulgarian Folklore Program.


Special guests this year include Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Ambassador to Washington D.C.


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