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Dance this weekend away at Polka Fest

For those who feel like dancing because summer is finally here, they’ll want to do it at the Pierce County Fairgrounds on Hwy. 65 north (N. Maple Street) in Ellsworth this weekend. The 38th annual Polka Fest happens there this Friday through Sunday. The grounds promises to be filled with the beat-beat-beat of the faithful’s favorite music, plus fancy foot action across two wooden dance floors and a beautiful blur created by the participants’ colorful attire.

A dozen bands will be on hand to accompany this big polka party. Many of the dancers and spectators follow a circuit of similar festivals throughout the region, of which Ellsworth’s has proven to be one of the most popular stops.

Based on past turnouts, organizers expect around 2,000 attendees. Some will arrive early, setting up campers on the grounds. They’ll pay $15 per night or $20 for the entire weekend to get the right to camp. It includes access to restrooms and holding tanks for recreational vehicle dumping.

Fritz Concertina Repair and Sales plans a presence at the event, as do numerous concessionaires. If past offerings are any indication, the Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce will have beer, brats and cheese curds on the menu, the Ellsworth Lions Club will have sandwiches, the Knights of Columbus will have burgers, and the Kinne-Englehart American Legion Post and the Ellsworth Funsters will have beer. First thing in the mornings on Saturday and Sunday, breakfast will be available from the area Vietnam Veterans of America chapter.

On Thursday, a jam session with Bruce Libby at 7 p.m. will be a pre-fest attraction. The Wendinger Band will play during an ecumenical church service Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Admission to the festival is $13 on Friday, $16 on Saturday and $11 on Sunday. A three-day pass at a discount will also be sold.

For more please read the July 10 print version of the Herald. 

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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