Village Officials Travel to Friendship City—Pernik, Bulgaria
Elk Grove Village officials Trustee Pat Feichter and Police Chief Charles Walsh traveled to Bulgaria in January to visit the Village's new Friendship City—Pernik,Bulgaria. During the visit, Trustee Feichter and Chief Walsh attended a major cultural festival, visited historical sites and met with governmental leaders. This visit helped create new friendships and formalize the friendship city agreement between Pernik and Elk Grove Village.
The trip took place during Pernik’s annual Surva festival, also known as the International Festival of Masquerade Games. The festival featured costumed performers, parades, ceremonies and performances with music and fire dressed elaborate costumes and masks promoting variations of ancient Bulgarian customs that are still alive today.
In addition to the Surva festival, Trustee Feichter and Chief Walsh met many of the officials in Pernik. Pernik Mayor Vyara Tserovska arranged many activities that included a visit to a historic Orthodox monastery in the mountains, an old coal mine tour, and several dinners for the Village officials to try the traditional Bulgarian cuisine.
In November of 2018, a delegation from Pernik visited Elk Grove Village and an official Friendship Agreement was signed by both officials by the two communities. In creating the Friendship Agreement, both Elk Grove Village and Pernik are working to sustain a relationship that will last for many generations in efforts to exchange educational, cultural, and economic developments.