Polkarrific Newsletter
DATE: 10/11/2013
11TH Annual Duncanfest
 kitchen. I discovered some of the great food I was smelling was home made Dumplings and Kraut, home made Potato salad and Calico beans. There was grilled Brats, Pork loin and Roast beef. The menu was amazing. People were already eating lunch so I decided to have a Brats and Calico beans. They were excellent. I later tried out the delicious peach pie a la mode. Yummy it was with a raspberry kolache. Needless to say many of us come to Duncan to eat and enjoy the home made goodies. The fest started with Brian's Mississippi Valley Dutchmen from Wisconsin. They started with 3 waltzes and then went into 3 polkas. The floor was packed!
Inside Stories:
 Sec 1  ~   Duncanfest
  Duncan, Iowa  
 Sec 2  ~    Oktoberfest Guttenburg
  Guttenburg, Iowa  
 Sec 3  ~    Oktoberfest Ft Dodge
  Fort Dodge Iowa  
Brian's MVD  Sec 4  ~   Oktoberfest Hermann
  Hermann, Missouri  
One of the best Polka Fests available was held Saturday, September 14, and Sunday, September 15, 2013, in the beautiful Duncan Community Ballroom in Duncan Iowa. The fest started at Noon and lasted til 10 Pm on Saturday. This is a small Czech Community located in North Central Iowa between Garner and Britt off highway 18. The first thing I noticed when I walked in the door was the wonderful aroma of food. It smelled like your grandma's house at holiday time. To no avail there was the tempting pie and kolache booth to entice you as you walked into the ballroom! They were all home made and looked delicious. Of course I knew I would be checking that food booth out before too long. As I walked into the ballroom I could see there were  Sec 5  ~    Oak Care Facility  
  Conrad, Iowa  
 playing 3 polkas and waltz sets. This was great! Once again these bands entertained the dancers all afternoon til 6 Pm. There was even a new Duncan Queen crowned. Joan from Minnesota is the new Duncan Queen and Romi from Minnesota is the new Miss Congeniality. It was great seeing the young parents out on the floor with their toddlers dancing and hopping. This is the best opportunity for the young to start dancing and enjoying the dance. There were many polkas, waltzes, 2 steps, swing and even schottische played and enjoyed by all. It was a great 2 day polka fest and we all look forward to next year's Duncan Fest. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this 2013 Duncan Fest a great success. You brought lots of joy to many people over the week-end.                                             ~~~Kathy Hulse
New Queen, Joan & Romi
All the dancers were kicking up their heels. They alternated their music with Adam & The Jolly Jammers from Minnesota. These bands were excellent and kept the floor full with their happy tunes! At 7Pm Mark Vyhlidal Band from Nebraska got up on stage. No one could ask for any easier listening music than these 3 bands. They all had great blending horn music and keep your feet wanting to dance. On Sunday Malek's Fishermen Band from Garner, Iowa, and Mark Vyhlidal Band entertained the crowd of dancers. They continued
many dancers ready for the party to begin. I mean this place was really packed already and we still had 30 minutes before the action would begin. I found a spot to place my things and started visiting with people. I have attended many polka fests and realize a major reason people attend these events is to socialize. For many these dances are the only times they get to see their dancing friends. I then went on to check out the food offered in the
Oktoberfest Guttenburg
Guttenberg, Iowa, is a beautiful river town tucked between the Mississippi River and the Limestone Bluffs that edged the frontier. On September 20 and 21, 2013, Guttenberg held their 23rd Annual German fest. This fest has been awarded as one of the Top Ten Events in Iowa by Top Events USA. On Friday at 3 Pm their main street was busy with The Open Craft Fair. There were many unique crafters there from numerous states. The city was also buzzing with people checking out the city wide fall Garage sales. 5 Pm brought the Hog Roast and Carriage Rides. An original polka band, Barefoot Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchmen, played in the Festive Tent from 6 Pm to 10 Pm. The dance floor was full of energetic polka dancers. There were also many watching and
 in the Festive Tent. There was wonderful food for all to enjoy. One food I especially enjoyed was a traditional Polish sausage, called Pierogies. The best way I can describe it would be a filled dumpling. There were 3 flavors, potato and onion, saurerkraut or beef and pork or chicken. These were all delicious. As one can see there were numerous fun filled events all week-end long. There was something for all to enjoy. The complete schedule was available at Guttenberg, Iowa, website.                ~~~ Kathy Hulse
Becky On Stage
 enjoying listening to the music. The fest continued on Saturday at 7 Am. There were events for all to enjoy. The Guttenberg German Band entertained at 10:15 Am. There was a Pancake breakfast that started at 7:30 Am followed with a 5 K Walk-Run. At 11:15 Am the UNI Dancers performed. Another Band, Lyle Beaver, performed
Oktoberfest Ft Dodge
5th Annual Oktoberfest, Fort Dodge, IA – Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013       
 Terrific music, great food, perfect weather, and dancing with good friends combined to make this a wonderful Oktoberfest celebration at the Oleson Park at Fort Dodge, Iowa.  Midwest-based polka bands Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchmen alternating with Malek’s Fishermen Band from noon to 7PM provided excellent dance music The traditional wooden dance floor was set up inside the big tent in the park and provided plenty of room for all the dancers.  It seems word is spreading about this annual event and more attended this year than ever.
With so many communities holding Oktoberfest events at the same time, it’s difficult to get good polka bands.  Becky’s band was booked two years ago for this show.  For those who wanted to enjoy the music but not miss the Iowa football game, a big screen
 folk music. At 7:30PM that evening the special music of The Fab Four (The Ultimate Tribute To The Beatles) also entertained a large crowd at the bandshell Thanks to Jim Reed, his committee, and the sponsors for organizing and presenting this event.  Thanks also to the Iowa Central Community College Culinary Arts program who prepared some of the traditional German food that was available for sale including pretzels and strudel.  Other vendors also provided additional foods and a variety of German and domestic draught beers on tap.  It was noted
Kaylene Is Growing Up
Oktoberfest is a great time of the year to celebrate your heritage. So many festivals going on throughout the state and across the country. Try making it to one or more of these festivals and help celebrate your heritage.                         ~~~Tim Westemeyer
Malek's Take The Stage
 that this day is when Oleson Park turns into the most eclectic German sports dance bar there is.
~~  Marilyn Herrick
Remember if they have rock, country music and hot dogs it is considered a fall fest or rock fest. My formula for an authenic Oktoberfest would have great polka music and bavarian food. I am proud of my German Heritage and would be insulted if these organizations want to have wanna be Oktoberfest's without polka music and German food.Lets support the original Oktoberfest.    ~~~Tim
Elinor Is A Proud Sponsor
 was set up with live football broadcasts all day.  The event aims to attract a diverse range of people – younger and older all enjoy the music often with the older generation teaching the younger ones the dance steps.  You’ll see traditional German lederhosen and dirndls but mostly you just see people enjoying the polka and
Oktoberfest Hermann
 able to walk around the city and take in the beautiful scenery and learn the history of the town. When you visit You will most likely hear, “Look for the Clock Tower at the German School!”. The German School Museum building has always stood as a monument to the educational ideas of the German settlers. The old German school now houses a unique museum on the first and second floors. We saw the Concert Hall And Barrel, which is the oldest continually operating tavern west of the Mississippi. Built in 1878, the Concert Hall was the hub of social life in Hermann. On the first floor was a favorite gathering place for locals and a destination for fun-loving Louisans.  The spacious upstairs hall hosted
There was also other tracks that backed up to the halle. The trains ran 3-4 times while the music played, which made it quite interesting. We toured the Tin Mill Brewery which was quite amazing. They had taken an old mill and remodeled it into a great rustic restaurant and brewery. This was a favorite of the young people. We also visited the Hermannhof Winery and ate dinner at The Stone Hill Winery. Every place we visited was
Tim & Kathy
If you are looking for a great Oktoberfest Week-end you need to check out The Hermann, Missouri, Oktoberfest. It is celebrated the first four week-ends in October. Hermann is located 50 miles west of St Louis, Missouri. Although there are numerous events these four week-ends with 10 local wineries, live music, arts and crafts and German food we attended this fest on October 5th, 2013. In 1838 steamboats carried German immigrants up the Missouri River to a hilly site that later became the city of Hermann as part of a massive migration that changed the face of Missouri forever. This past March marked the 175th anniversary of the town's platting. By 1840, there were nearly 500 residents, and some 1,500 a decade later, as Hermann became
enjoyable and everyone was hospitable. This was a great and unforgetable Oktoberfest experience. We did not schedule enough time to see a fraction of what Hermann offers. We plan to return and spend more time to enjoy the beautiful and relaxing sites of Hermann, Missouri.                       ~~~ Kathy Hulse

It's that time of the year again that all of our snowbirds will be heading down south. We just want to wish them a safe trip and to enjoy the warm weather when they arrive at their destination.  ~~~Tim
Dancing At The FestHalle
 plays, lectures, dances and concerts. Today the fine concert hall proudly continues a time-honored tradition of good food and good times in Hermann. We were fortunate to see the Loehnig German Band at The Fest Halle. It was a beautiful German hall with a good dance floor. There were numerous people dancing all afternoon and enjoying the great German polkas, waltzes and folk dances. It was great seeing young couples dancing and enjoying the German heritage festival. The Riverfront Park and Amtrak backed up to The Fest Halle.
the heart of the new German-America. Today, at least half of all Missourians claim at least one parent of German ancestry, and that heritage is ingrained in many facets of everyday life. With more than 100 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, Hermann reflects it's past and reveals in it's German roots. Hermann is a beautiful town in the hills with endless treasures to view. There are many wineries to tour. There is even a brewery to enjoy. Their plentiful Bread and Breakfast Inns make it a joy to be
Inside FestHalle
Oakview Care Facility With An Oktoberfest Theme
On October 10, 2013, Tim and I drove to Conrad, Iowa, to The Oakview Care Center for a dance demo. Jerry Beauchamp and Mert provided their music while Tim and I danced. The Activity person, Jane, had called us to entertain their residents this afternoon. This is a very nice care center located on the east side of Conrad. The residents said they liked polka and waltz and were ready for some ole time music. Jane said there were not any of them able to dance anymore so Tim and I gave it all we had with Jerry and Mert playing. They played some great polkas, waltzes, 2 step and swing and even “The Little Brown Jug” schottische. Jerry received requests for “Blue Skirt Waltz”, “Roll Out The Barrell” and “In The Mood”, by Iowa's own Glen Miller. The group sang along
ended the afternoon with everyone singing “God Bless America”. We would like to thank Oakview Care Center, their residents, Jane and Lynn for their participation and hospitality. We made many new friends and saw many smiling faces.                           ~~~ Kathy Hulse
Entertaining The Elders
with us to “When The Saints Go Marching In”. Tim danced a polka with Jane and I danced with Lynn, Activity person. He said he was unable to dance, but his wife was a good dancer. We showed him the steps and he said he was going to practice and surprise his wife at home with dancing the polka with her. We
Jerry & Mert On Stage
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