Polka bands to entertain at Hanover Festival Aug. 26

Monday, August 20, 2012

Two of the Midwest's finest polka bands will be performing at the Hanover Festival on Sunday, Aug. 26, from noon to 7 p.m. Karl's Country Dutchmen and Gary's Ridgeland Dutchmen, both from Wisconsin, make return appearances for your dancing and listening pleasure. Both bands have received national accolades including Gary's induction to the World Concertina Hall of Fame in 2008. Karl began playing at age 12, and he has appeared in 30 states and several foreign countries.

The Festival is an opportunity for people to visit the restored rural village which provided needed services for the farm population in the early 1900's. Displays (which are changed annually), working demonstrations, and activities for the children make the event family-friendly.

Freshly grilled sandwiches, homemade pie and ice cream, and beverages will be served. Admission is $7.50 with children 14 and under free. Proceeds from the event fund restoration and maintenance of the village and will be supplemented with a grant from Buena Vista Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

The Hanover Village recently hosted RAGBRAI riders from every state and several foreign countries. Experience what they described as "Awesome."