Country Today in Eau-Claire, Wisconsin
3 Aug 1988

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3 Aug 1988

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Eau Claire Country Today (Newspaper) - August 3, 1988, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 3, 1988 Page cd area band plays the pol Kadets of Pulaski Jim Bertler John Kurowski Jerry Kurowski John Hylok Merle Larscheid Louie Hylok played at Pulaski polka photo by cons Blaser band grammy Winner Eddie Blazonczyk and the versa tones played to a Large crowd on this float during the Parade. Photo by Chris Blase Pulaski celebrates polish heritage with polka Days Pulaski a typical summer weekend for Many people Means going to their Cabins fishing or swimming in the nearest lakes cooking on the Grill and doing some sightseeing Czecho Slavian population in Omaha and the czech polkas Are a Little slower than polish polkas. A we just enjoy going around to the festivals a is. Dasovic said. A a it a a gathering of a lot of people from All Over the state a Marilyn Slipek said. A a it a kind of Nice to have these. I m sure the norwegians have theirs the swedish have theirs and the polish have other folks packed their colourful costumes and dancing shoes and came to dance to the music of the Midwest a Best polka bands during she enjoys travelling to different places with her polka club. She has been to Minnesota and Missouri. Marilyn Slipek and her Mother Theresa of Thorp come every year to Pulaski polka Days. A some of these bands Only play in Chicago and out East a she said. A so coming Here it s Good to hear enjoy this kind of polish Waltz time about 30 polka music fans danced to a Waltz in the main tent during Pulaski polka Days. The tent also was a Nice place for people to escape the heat visit with their friends and drink refreshments. Polka Days and patronized the businesses downtown. For area business people Pulaski polka Days Means More people coming to their businesses. John Wendzikowski owner of Wendzikowski s meat Market said business was a quite a bit More than Many people from Minneapolis and other places come to the store for the polish sausage. The polish sausage was sold out on july 30 by 10 30 a.m., he said. Usually it is not sold out until noon. The bratwurst also sold out quickly. Wieners Are also popular. People invite their friends Over and Grill the custom made sausages after the Parade. About 1,000 pounds of polish sausage was made in two Days he said. The meat shop did not Supply any food for the polka festival but did Supply some polish sausage and sauerkraut for Assumption of the blessed Virgin parishes stand. A a it a hard work a or. Wendzikowski said. A yesterday i did t think id be Able to walk John Ullmer manager of super Ron a said the store provided most of the food for the stands. The stands required about 1,000 pounds of polish sausage 500 pounds of hamburger patties and too pounds of wieners. Ron Ullmer owner of the store and Johns father said his store also made ethnic polish food which was served for the first time. A a we be had numerous requests that Here we Are in a polish town and a polka shindig going on and Why Don t you have polish food a Ron Ullmer said. A we decided we would try the menu included czarina or polish Duck soup Pieroni or dumplings stuffed with sauerkraut mushrooms apples or cottage cheese Golaski and Chruscik As Well As the traditional polish sausage and sauerkraut. Ripley a produce of Krakow took advantage of the crowds and sent worker Scott Schwartz to town with a truck full of Muskmelon and watermelons. A i did a lot better than i thought i was going to do a or. Schwartz said. A i was Here yesterday july 29 and there Are about to times As Many people today As there were the hot weather seemed to help business too he said. People saw the fresh fruit and stopped to buy some. People who walked by the truck were More Likely to buy fruit than people who drove by. Paul Herwaldt and his family representing Green Bay Christian school did a brisk business Selling Storheim s Frozen custard. Or. Herwatt said the school purchased the custard from Storheim a of Green Bay and set up a stand in Pulaski. The chocolate Strawberry or Vanilla custard came in two different sizes. He said the hot weather and Parade helped attract customers. Members from the school sold 175 Cartons of the Frozen custard during the first half of Pulaski polka Days. Next year if things go Well they May sell soda and hot dogs in addition to the Frozen custard. For people who did not dance and those who did there were other activities to participate in. On july 30, a Ping Pong drop and a water fight involving the area Volunteer fire fighters were held. The next Day a polka mass a 10-Kilometer fun run and Parade were held. Carnival rides were available for the kids. A Chris Blaser Thorp also has a polka festival held july 4, because of the areas polish american population Marilyn Slipek said. They have a polish mass a potluck meal with polish food music and a july 4 party in the evening. Photo by cons Blase polish and proud these bumper stickers express the Pride americans of polish descent have in their ancestry. They were sold with other souvenirs in the dance Hall. The 10th annual Pulaski polka Days. Pulaski a Village of approximately 2000 people located about 20 Miles Northwest of Green Bay has a Strong polish heritage. Pulaski polka Days held from july 29-31 at the Pulaski picnic Grove attracted people from across the country. In Between songs the band leaders announced song requests from polka lovers from Wisconsin Ohio Michigan Minnesota Missouri Arizona and California. Pearl Dasovic of Omaha neb., came to Pulaski with three friends. She belongs to a polka club Polk. Of a. She read about Pulaski polka Days in an entertainment list she received from her club. She said there is a Large Carol and Norm Fritchie dance instructors from Centerville Minn., said they have been to Pulaski polka Days for the past five years. Norm Fritchie said their students typically Are Between 25 to 45 years old but in Pulaski younger people enjoy dancing polkas. They said country Western dances Are More popular in their City. They came with 14 couples from Minnesota who were doing some country dances modified to the polka music. A every clubs got its need where to put its Money a he said. A a there a no promoter coming in and taking the Money out of or. Otto said he tries to get bands the Community likes. He goes to the International polka association festival and also talks to band leaders radio disc jockeys and polka fans to find out about new bands. Pulaski polka Days chairman Harold Otto said he and the Pulaski Lions club along with other Pulaski clubs started the festival because of the towns polish heritage. It is a Community event and the profits stay in Pulaski. Eight Community clubs Are involved and the profits after expenses Are paid Are based upon How Many Man hours each club puts in or. Otto said. The Money goes Back to the club and the club puts the Money Back into the Community. For instance about three years ago the Lions club bought the $15,000 jaws of life for the Pulaski Rescue squad. The optimists puts Money into the Little league teams. The knights of Columbus a Catholic fraternity helps churches and families. A a there a a lot of Good entertainment that sometimes is not recognized a he said. A you have to bring them out. They can do it and perform for you and play your favorite Over 50 percent of the bands Are log Al and Many of them play throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest. But big name bands come too. Grammy Winner Eddie Blazonczyk and the versa tones played every Day. Two new bands which played this year were Brian and the Mississippi Valley dutchmen and the Mrozinski Brothers of St. Paul Minn. Attendance was up from last year and it keeps going up or Otto said. Last year Between 20,000 and 25,000 people attended Pulaski

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