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Polka Festers to dance the coming weekend away

People who've got to dance will be the main movers and shakers when Polka Fest comes back to the Pierce County Fairgrounds in Ellsworth this weekend.

This year marks three-and-a-half decades of local polka festivities in the summer. The dancers will appear on two wooden floors, accompanied by live music from a dozen bands. They and the public will find lots of related attractions intended to provide fun.

The Pierce County Fairgrounds typically host around 2,400 visitors each time the event is held. Warm weather normally greets the colorfully attired participants and entertainment enthusiasts in attendance.

In the days before the official kick-off, approximately 180 campers are expected to invade the grounds. They're charged $15 per night or $20 for the entire weekend to camp, and have access to restrooms and holding tanks for recreational vehicle dumping.

Once underway this Friday through Sunday, vendors including Fritz Concertina, Repair and Sales as well as Cloud #9 Dance Shoes will cater to polka fans' needs.

A variety of refreshments are planned to satisfy outdoor appetites and thirsts. The Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce will offer beer and brats, the Ellsworth Lions Club will make barbecue chicken and sandwiches available, the Knights of Columbus will do likewise with burgers, and the Kinne-Engelhart American Legion Post and Ellsworth Funsters will dispense beer, too. Additionally, the area Vietnam Veterans of America chapter will offer breakfast this Saturday and Sunday mornings.

For more please read the July 7 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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