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Folks, Let’'s Polka

Most months out of the year in Texas, you’ll find a full plate of festivals celebrating everything from fire ants to sweet potatoes. But in February, the calendar looks less busy. Pondering this phenomenon five years ago, a group of devoted musicians and music-lovers came up with an annual Polka Fest. Held February 19 and 20 this year at the Knights of Columbus Hall in New Braunfels, this festival will heat up the chilliest of Central Texas evenings.

From noon until 10:30 on Saturday night and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, dozens of local polka bands take the stage, producing polka’s melodious mayhem for an energetic and appreciative crowd. With the joyous cacophony of accordions, tubas, trumpets, and saxophones energizing the upbeat, here’s your chance to practice (or learn) the schottische, waltz, polka, and other dances.

Advance tickets (recommended) cost $7.50 for Saturday, $6.50 for Sunday; at-the-door tickets are also available for a slightly higher price. Food and drinks are available. To order tickets, or to learn more details about the event, write to the Polka Band Leaders of New Braunfels, Box 312514, New Braunfels 78131, or call 830/625-9288.

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