This Memorial Day weekend, Ennis plays host to the 44th Annual National Polka Festival celebrating the city's Czech heritage through traditional polka music, elaborate brightly-colored costumes, folk dancing and Czech food...as well as some less than traditional things like clowns on motorcycles and rock bands on floats taking part in the Saturday parade touted as "one of the largest polka festivals in the country." In years past, the event's drawn upwards of 50,000 folks to Ennis for "a little bit of old Czechoslovakia." This year, the festival features a Friday night King and Queen dance, booths chockablock with arts and crafts, more than a dozen polka bands including Grammy Award-winning Brave Combo, a horseshoe tournament and a kolache-eating contest. From personal experience, I can assure you that watching 800 people flappin' and shakin' along to the "Chicken Dance" on the dance floor in the Knights of Columbus Hall in Ennis is an unforgettable experience. Ennis is located 30 to 40 minutes south of downtown Dallas. Admission is $7 on Friday, $12 on Saturday and $10 on Sunday. Kids 12 and under get in free. One admission fee per day gets you into all three of Ennis' participating fraternal halls. For more information on the scheduled events and set times, call 972-878-4748 or visit nationalpolkafestival.com.
Fri., May 28; Sat., May 29; Sun., May 30, 2010