Come polka with us at the National Polka Festival!
Ennis, Texas (PRWEB) May 23, 2012
Put those dancing shoes on and come to Ennis, Texas, located just 30 miles south of Dallas, to celebrate the National Polka Festival on Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27, 2012. It will be the 46th annual National Polka Festival, celebrating Ennis’ Czech heritage. Visitors can listen or dance to a variety of bands playing traditional polka, waltz and folk music in three spacious auditoriums.
The National Polka Festival is a joint effort of many organizations in Ennis. The Ennis Chamber of Commerce is proud to host the National Polka Festival Parade and the downtown arts and crafts activities. The contributions made to our community by the National Polka Festival Committee and the city of Ennis are unparalleled. Residents and visitors alike love opportunities to celebrate the Czech culture that adds such a flavor of fun and good times to the Ennis way of life. The toe tapping music, the authentic Czech food, and the great big smiles can’t be beat. “Vitame vas!”
The National Polka Festival attracts thousands of polka enthusiasts from around the country who descend upon Ennis for more than just dancing. To add to the excitement of this year’s festivities is the announcement that Kendall Morris, Miss Texas 2011, will be honored as the grand marshal of the parade. Kendall recently competed in the Miss America pageant and finished in the top ten. Her hometown is Ennis.
The festival also includes a giant parade, winding through downtown Ennis, with floats, bands and Czech costumes. The 3rd Annual Kolache Eating Contest, sponsored by the SPJST, will be held in downtown under the tent on Saturday afternoon. The festival also offers an annual horseshoefest tournament on Saturday, as well as an abundance of Czech food and activities for the entire family. The centerpiece of the National Polka Festival is the three Czech dance halls and over 13 live bands from throughout the United States that fill the auditoriums with music. Featured entertainment includes Grammy-winner Brave Combo and much more! Free shuttle buses will provide transportation between the downtown activities and the three music auditoriums. Between polkas, visitors can also stroll through the town’s Czech museum, which is a memorial to the local Czech heritage and those Czechs who helped develop the Ennis community. A Friday night dance contest, where participants are encouraged to wear traditional Czech costumes, determines the festival’s queen and king, and a Sunday polka Mass lures visitors to hear English and Czech hymns sung to polka music. Johnny Krajca will also host his Sunday Morning Polka Show live on Sunday morning. Even Texas country music is enjoyed at the festival on Saturday night at the Sokol. There is a separate admission for this popular concert. This year’s concert features The Robert Donahue Band and Wade Bowen.
Visitors and residents can also enter the annual Polka Pictures photo contest in three categories. The Annual Ennis Polkafest Run, proudly sponsored by the Ennis Rotary Club, will feature a 10K, 5K and 1-mile run/walk. The first race will begin approximately at 7:00 am on Saturday, May 26, 2012.
“There is no other Czech festival that brings thousands of people to their town,” said Danny Zapletal, director of the National Polka Festival. “The festival’s founders and current successors have maintained the authenticity and values of the Czech tradition, requiring all parade entries, street dancers and bands to maintain the Czech theme.” This year’s parade theme is “Czech Spirit of Ennis.”
Ennis, the Official Bluebonnet City and Trail of Texas, offers other attractions such as the Texas Motorplex, the Galaxy Drive in Theatre(just north of Ennis), Lake Bardwell, Ennis Public Theatre, Ennis Railroad and Cultural Heritage Museum, Annual Bluebonnet Trails in April, quality hotels, unique restaurants and shops, and much more! For more information on the National Polka Festival, contact the Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau at (972) 878-4748, the Ennis Chamber of Commerce at 972-878-2625 or on the web at http://www.visitennis.org and the official festival site: http://www.nationalpolkafestival.com