Friday, June 19, 2009

Polka News Network: User-friendly polka fest

Oh, Grammy organisers, claiming the world has turned its back on polka, how do you explain the need for the Central Wisconsin Polka Club's 36th annual festival to take larger space?

About 500 to 700 people on average come from all over the state and the Midwest to attend the festival, which starts at 6 p.m. Friday and runs through Sunday at Merrill's Smith Center.

The club moved its festival from the fairgrounds to the large room inside the Smith Center to make the event more "user-friendly," said Tim Baumann, the club's president.

In previous years, dancers would have to move from one building to another, which was especially burdensome when it rained, Baumann said.

Polka: impervious to the slings and arrows of Grammy organisers. And now also to rain.