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People, music create lasting event for Ennis

By Justin Tubbs

People filled the KJT Hall Friday night to dance to good music, drink good beer and see a new King and Queen crowned.

Some people at the hall were newcomers to the National Polka Festival. Some have been coming to Ennis for the past 50 years.

The Ennis Daily News spoke with several people from out of town and some folks from Ennis to get a feel for what brings people back to Ennis year after year. The answer was almost always the same: the people and the music.

Diane Liska, a native Ennisite, has been coming to the festival forever. She agreed that the people who come to the Polka Festival year after year have developed a fraternal atmosphere and that attending the Polka Festival is almost a yearly migration.

“Well you see they’re out here having fun, having a good time. But you get to visit with the people that maybe you met the year before, so it’s a continual family party every year,” she said. “The past king and queens, we will run into them all the time. So it’s a good time.”

Pat and Doris Mollhauer, the all-star dance contest winners for this year’s Polka Fest, have been coming to Polka Festival for several years. The music and the dancing, they said, is what keeps them coming back.

The Mark Jirikovec Orchestra from Wisconsin played the music Friday night, and the Mollhauers said they are fans of the band. But they weren’t the only ones.

The Jirikovec Orchestra brought down a whole group of polka groupies on the band’s bus.

Lorraine Wunsch, who insisted she didn’t have a Wisconsin accent, and her family were some of those who travelled down with the Jirikovec Orchestra. They said the people in the band and the rich polka music were what brought them to Ennis this weekend.

“This is our first time, and the band that’s here tonight is from our area, so that’s how we came down in the bus,” she said.

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