Despite the claims of the Grammy organisers, for Americans, polka continues to be a force to be - well, if not quite reckoned with, then at least not quite ignored.
Downtown Port Clinton is preparing itself for the Perch, Peach, Pierogi, and Polka Festival in September, for example:
Port Clinton’s Perch, Peach, Pierogi and Polka Festival came as a tribute to the forefathers. The perch is to salute commercial fisherman. The peach is in tribute to farmers. The polka and pierogi are in honor to the Eastern European settlers. Without any of these people, we would not have the rich history and colorful tales to pass on to future generations. It was their hard work and belief in community that made the Port Clinton area prosper for so many years.
They're going to be doing free polka lessons as part of it.