National Polka Festival Ennis is one of the best music festivals in Texas

National Polka Festival Ennis, Texas

History of the Ennis Polka Festival had beginning of the National Polka Festival in Ennis, Texas began as a dream. Raymond Zapletal, Len Gehrig, and Joe Liska of Ennis had been to other cities and seen the large response to polka bands from the people of Czechoslovakian descent, and they believed the people could be brought to their small town of Ennis for the same reasons. So in 1967, Zapletal, Gehrig, and Liska brought their dream to the Chamber of Commerce manager Jack McKay.


If the idea were to succeed, it would require the joint effort of the Chamber and the citizens of Ennis. Jack McKay agreed the idea could greatly benefit Ennis and the Czechoslovakian community in the area, and one of the largest polka festival in the country had its’ beginning. Zapletal, Gehrig, and Liska agreed to take care of getting the bands for Ennis’ fraternal halls and the Chamber agreed in turn to organize the parade and downtown festivities. Within three years the festival was a raging success with as many as 30,000 people attending from all over the country to enjoy music and entertainment at the four halls.

Our festival continues in tradition and style similar to those early celebrations. The founders and their successors have insisted on maintaining the authenticity and values of the Czech tradition even today. All entries of the parade, street dancing, and bands performing must have Czech themes and play Czech music. The festival has taken years of work from the Polka Festival Committee, Chamber of Commerce, and the Ennis Convention & Visitors Bureau.. But thanks to the work of these people, this festival today is the largest of it’s kind in the United States attracting as many as 50,000 people , still has the feel of “a little bit of old Czechoslovakia”. Ennis is a very unique city in that it has three beautiful fraternal halls. The Czech citizens of Ennis support them. They hold many functions such as weddings, dances, anniversaries, meetings, banquets, and festivals. They are a huge part of the National Polka Festival in Ennis, Texas.

 

Friday Night – King and Queen Dance Contest
The 47th Annual National Polka Festival kicks off with an opening dance Friday at 7:00 pm at KC Hall, featuring polka music and the King and Queen Dance Contest, where participants and non-participants are encouraged to wear traditional Czech Krotj (costumes) and dance the night away.
The Queen’s and King’s Dance Dance Revolution Contest was introduced into The National Polka Festival in 1987 by life-long Ennis residents, Johnnie I. and Margaret Krajca, and has proved to be one of the most popular features of the National Polka Festival.
CLICK HERE to see the 2013 The National Polka Festival King and Queen Contest and Polka Princess Rules.
Admission
Children 13 and under are FREE this year with one daily admission includes all three participating halls: check them out now!!
FRI., MAY 24… $7;
SAT., MAY 25… $12;
SAT., MAY 25: KYLE PARK CONCERT… $15
SUN., MAY 26… $10;
DOWNTOWN ACTIVITIES… FREE
King and Queen Dance Contest Winners
CLICK HERE to see all the winners from the past 26 years.

Expected Attendance this year: 10,000+!!!

The National Polka Festival is held Memorial Day weekend and celebrate Ennis, Texas large Czech heritage with Polka dancing downtown and over 3 Czech halls, food, arts and crafts, parade, and more! Downtown activities include a parade, Czech music, arts and crafts, etc. The festival kicks off Friday night with the King and Queen dance and there is live polka music throughout the weekend at three dance halls that feature Czech food and Czech bands.
Over the years the festival has had to change with the time, but all for the good. Today they have Grammy award winning bands, as well as bands from across Texas, the United States and the Czech Republic. There is a corporate sponsorship with Budweiser. We receive big support from 96.3 FM KSCS in advertising the festival. This is one of the only festivals that have three spacious halls with large dance floors where you can dance and enjoy anything from a good polka, waltz, or even a folk dance. The festival has one of the biggest parades in the Metroplex. After the parade there is an abundance of activities to be enjoyed by the entire family. You can ride the free shuttle buses from the motels to downtown to all of the fraternal halls. Thank you to everyone that has made these 47 years of Czech traditions and celebration possible and we look forward to many more years of fun, food, and dancing at the National Polka Festival® in Ennis, Texas!

 

National Polka Festival 2014 Ennis Texas

The National Polka Festival in EnnisTexas invites everyone to come help celebrate forty-seven wonderful years of Czech heritage festivities Friday through Sunday, May 24-26, 2013. Held annually on Memorial Day Weekend, the National Polka Festival offers an abundance of activities to be enjoyed by the entire family in a small city atmosphere.

The festival kicks off with an opening dance Friday at 7:00 pm,featuring polka music and the King and Queen Dance Contest, where participants and non-participants are encouraged to wear traditional Czech kroj (costumes). At 10:00 on Saturday morning, floats, bands, and colorful costumes will kick-off the downtown festivities. The parade traditionally includes

something for visitors of all ages. Enjoy the music of our polka bands riding on decorated floats or the sounds of our award winning Ennis High School Marching Band. The Shriners make their annual appearance, as well as celebrities, public officials, motorcycles, horseback riders, clowns, kids, and seniors! This giant parade twists through historic downtown Ennis and is sure to please.

You will experience our traditions, religious customs, dancing, tastes, sights, sounds, and “a little bit of the Czech Lands” throughout historic downtown and at our three spacious air conditioned halls (KJT, KC and Sokol Halls). Enjoy a weekend of polka dancing, Czech foods, and 14 sensational LIVE polka bands including Grammy Award winning Brave Combo.

 

47th Annual National Polka Festival in Ennis, Texas
Memorial Weekend, May 24-26, 2013
Due to storm damage to the downtown area, the parade route has changed. It will begin on N. Clay St and W. Ennis Ave, travel east on W. Ennis Ave, then turn north on Sherman St up to W. Denton.
The National Polka Festival® in Ennis, Texas invites everyone to come help celebrate forty-seven wonderful years of Czech heritage festivities Friday through Sunday, May 24-26, 2013. Held annually on Memorial Day Weekend, the National Polka Festival® offers an abundance of activities to be enjoyed by the entire family in a small city atmosphere.
The festival kicks off with an opening dance Friday at 7:00 pm,featuring polka music and the King and Queen Dance Contest, where participants and non-participants are encouraged to wear traditional Czech kroj (costumes). At 10:00 on Saturday morning, floats, bands, and colorful costumes will kick-off the downtown festivities. The parade traditionally includes
something for visitors of all ages. Enjoy the music of our polka bands riding on decorated floats or the sounds of our award winning Ennis High School Marching Band. The Shriners make their annual appearance, as well as celebrities, public officials, motorcycles, horseback riders, clowns, kids, and seniors! This giant parade twists through historic downtown Ennis and is sure to please.
You will experience our traditions, religious customs, dancing, tastes, sights, sounds, and “a little bit of the Czech Lands” throughout historic downtown and at our three spacious air conditioned halls (KJT, KC and Sokol Halls). Enjoy a weekend of polka dancing, Czech foods, and 14 sensational LIVE polka bands including Grammy Award winning Brave Combo. Join us!
CLICK HERE for directions to The National Polka Festival in Ennis.

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