A couple got into the Polka Fest spirit with some lively moves on the dance floor under the picnic shelter. Many of the festival’s faithful are polka dancing veterans.1 / 3
A guitar player known by the name of Roger performed with Bruce Libby’s group Thursday for the Ellsworth Polka Fest. A typical summer evening helped attract a crowd for the festival’s pre-opening attraction.2 / 3
An audience gathered outside the picnic shelter on the Pierce County Fairgrounds for Thursday’s jam session, the pre-opening feature to the 39th annual Ellsworth Polka Fest. Several couples took the floor inside the shelter, where Bruce Libby and his group played their favorite polka tunes. (Herald photos by Bill Kirk)3 / 3
Last weekend was the 39th annual Polka Fest held at the Pierce County Fairgrounds. People come from throughout the Midwest for what’s believed to be one of the oldest polka festivals in this area.
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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.