National Polka Festival 2008; Ennis, TX – Day Two

Day two of the festival began with a grand parade complete with Bud girls, Clydesdales, firemen, and even a marching band. Following the parade, it was a quick visit to the vendors (especially those vending food) and then off to the dance halls for the remainder of the day and evening. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoyed taking them.

The Parade

William especially liked the parade. He said “Hi” to everyone who passed by and even caught the eye of a fireman who stopped to visit with him.

William and Bryan William talks logistics with the fireman

2008 Polka King and Queen Clydesdales

The Food

Scott and his future daughter-in-law, Sara, can really put away the food! They spent most of the time at the festival eating. Here is a sample of what they consumed from the street vendors.

Turner doing what she does best! Father and daughter (in-law) bonding

Saturday afternoon the kids left to head back to Colorado. Dad took the rest of us out to dinner at Bubba’s as a belated birthday present for me. This was an interesting place, to say the least. They have a “convenience store” type refrigerator as you walk in filled with steaks. If steak is what you came for, you literally pick out your raw steak (wrapped in plastic wrap) and take it to your table where your wait-person will take it from you and bring it back, with sides, cooked to your specifications. Yum, Yum!! The steaks were great!!!

Steaks at Bubbas

Scott and DK Baleigh and DK

The Dancing

The evening was topped off by dancing to the music provided by several very good bands. One of the bands that Scott likes a lot is the Academy Award winning band Polka Freak Out. They play everything from Bach to Tex-Mex to traditional Czech polkas. The accordion/trumpet player, Alex Meixner, is a 4th generation musician and is truly one of a kind. Every time I watch him play I think he is going to have a heart attack because he jumps around so much. Way more energy than I will ever have!

Polka Freak Out

The Oklahoma Czech Dancers were at the festival again this year and they preformed beautifully. We always look forward to seeing them.

Oklahoma Czech Dancers Oklahoma Czech Dancers

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