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Musicfest comes to Glencoe for first time

Whirls of red and white invaded the dance floor of Glencoe’s Pla-Mor Ballroom this past weekend as the Polka Lovers Klub of America came to town for its 17th annual Musicfest.
The festival is a three-day event that brings together polka lovers from all over the nation, and even a few guests from abroad.
Organizers Bella and Fritz Hertaus said the event saw more than 1,300 visitors from 11 different states attended, even a couple from Australia. Local residents danced alongside out-of-state polka ambassadors and even the Polka King and Queen Gene Hendrickson, of Spring Park, and Mattie Spiess of Madelia.
The new visitors were welcomed by Mayor Randy Wilson, who made a visit to the festival.
“Everyone thought it was a great welcome,” Bella Hertaus said.
The parking lot was full of cars and campers and the dance floor packed with couples that danced all day long until closing at 8 p.m.

For more, see the Aug. 19 print editon of The Chronicle.