Herald JournalHerald Journal, June 2, 2003

Are you ready to polka?

By Julie Yurek

This weekend marks the sixth annual Polka Fest, which is the project of Audrey Litzau and Jake Bandemer of Lester Prairie.

The event takes place at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson Thursday through Saturday. The cost is $25 for all three days (non-refundable) or $7 for Thursday, $9 for Friday, and $12 for Saturday.

The Top Notchmen start the weekend out at 6 p.m. Thursday, with Adam and the Jolly Jammers also playing that night.

Friday's bands include the Top Notchmen and Musical Brass, and Saturday's lineup includes a church service with Pastor Randy Tonn and music by Chuck Thiel, a jam session, Thiel later in the day, Musical Brass, Leon Olson, and Goodtime Dutchman.

Friday's music starts at 4 p.m. and Saturday's events begin at 11 a.m. with the church service. Donations received at the service go to the McLeod County food shelf, Litzau said.

There will be plenty of room for the 600 to 700 people Litzau expects Friday and Saturday, and between 350 to 400 people for Thursday evening. The facility has a 36-foot-by-88-foot wooden dance floor in it that is supplied by Litzau and Bandemer.

Camping is available, as well as food, refreshments, and a full-service bar.

For more information, contact Bandemer or Litzau at (320) 395-2093.

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