On Saturday, September 18, the Festival began with an official opening ceremony at which Fr. Volodymyr Steliac, the Cathedral pastor, introduced His Grace Bishop Daniel who offered opening prayers for the Festival. His Grace was greeted with the traditional bread and salt by the Ukrainian dance ensemble «Voloshky». The Ukrainian Ambassador also participated in the official opening. The entertainment that followed over the next two days, from Ukrainian dancing to bandura solos and band singers, from junior to senior violinists, was sensational and non-stop. The Sisterhood prepared industrial quantities of delicious Ukrainian food, enough to feed the thousands of people who come year after year to taste the delicacies prepared.
Many vendors displayed exotic Ukrainian gifts. There was a live pysanka demonstration as well as pottery demonstrations by Ukrainian ceramic artists. The children too were not left out of the festivities.. Among the many fun things for them were pony rides, a moon bounce, and face- painting, the latter organized as a project of Plast. There were Church tours where people were able to become acquainted with Ukrainian Orthodoxy.