Weekend Lineup
Westfest! Fayette Co Fair! Picnic! Picnic! 
And More Picnic!
The annual tribute to Czech heritage and fundraiser for the town of West starts Friday night with Rodney Atkins. Music all day Saturday and Sunday by SqueezeBox with Mollie B and Ted Lange, Brave Combo, Jodie Mikula Orchestra, Czech & Then Some, The Moravians, Jerry Haisler & Melody 5, and Czech Harvesters. NEW this year: Bolzen Beer Band from Nebraska and Sunny Sauceda from San Antonio. Czech out all the events and music schedule!

Fayette Co Fair!
Great music lineup at the Fayette County Fair in La Grange. Friday features Emil Sodolak & Lawrence Padilla, Craig Bickly, Smoke Wagon Band, and Lost Cause. The music on Saturday has Craig Bickly, Black Cat Choir, Casey Donahew, and Josh Turner. On Sunday, enjoy the music of Craig Bickly, Trey Maresh, and Texas Unlimited Band. The Telstars close the fair at 8:30 pm. Of course, the fair also has the carnival, variety of food, exhibits, and vendors. Perfect place for a family outing! 

Church Picnic Alerts!
CHAPPELL HILL: St. Stanislaus Festival - Robert Zientek & Friends, 4-8P 
FAYETTEVILLE: St. John the Baptist Picnic @ Chamber of Commerce Hall, Lost Cause, dance after auction, 6-9P
GRANGER: Sts. Cyril/Methodius Bazaar - Fritz Hodde/Fab 6, 7-11P
HALLETTSVILLE: Sacred Heart Picnic @ KC Hall - Main Pavilion: Kovanda's Czech Band, 11A-1P; Biergarten: Dujka Brothers, Red Ravens, Czechaholics, 1-8P; Inside Hall: Mama Tried, 7-9P 
HIGH HILL: Blessed Mother of the Nativity Picnic - Texas Sound Check, 11:30A-3:30P; Mark Halata/Texavia, 4-8P; Polka Mass 10A
PLANTERSVILLE: St. Mary's Church Bazaar - Chris Rybak, 11A-1P
SHINER: Sts. Cyril/Methodius 98th Annual Fall Picnic @ KC Park - Inside Hall: Accordion Jam, 11A-2P; Shiner Hobo Band, 2-4P; Los Kolaches & Texas Legacy Czech Band, 4-7P; The Emotions, 9P-1A. Historic Beer Stand: Jungmeisters, 12:30-2:30P; Steve Curd, 2:30-6P; Bingo Stand Pavilion: Southpaw, 6:30-10P
WARDA: Holy Cross Lutheran picnic - Mark Gruetzner, 10A-2P; Rabbs Creek Band, 2-5P & after auction

And Another Fest!
WALBURG:  Walburg Fest @ Walburg Restaurant - Walburg Boys, Alpenmusikanten, Das Ist Lustig, Bushy Creek Brass Band & more

Also this Weekend
Friday: Brave Combo in Arlington...Vic Rodriguez at  Cistern Country Store...Bolzen Beer Band at Krause's Cafe in New Braunfels...Glen Collins & the Alibis in Taylor
Saturday: Glen Collins & Alibis in Austin...Brandi & Keith at Cistern Country Store...Rick Horner at Mullins Prairie Store...Charles & Fab 4 in Wallis...Kenny James in Webster.
Sunday: Charles & Fab 4 in Geronimo...Country Jim & the Allstars at Houston VFW. 

Looking ahead to next week: Monday - Charles Thibodeaux & Austin Cajun Aces in Austin ...SqueezeBox at Krause's Cafe in New Braunfels.   Tuesday - The Gathering Music Show in Geronimo with Dallas Wayne ...Houston Accordion Association at Son Nam Vietnamese Restaurant...Alan Walling in Plano (Wed. & Thurs., too!).  Wednesday - Sean Orr in Austin... Mike Stroup in Flatonia...Texas Rim Shot in San Antonio...Pettit Brothers in Schulenburg.  Thursday Charles Thibodeaux/Austin Cajun Aces in Austin...Floresville Opry featuring Billy Mata, Brenda & Denny, Priscilla...Farm Street Opry in Bastrop featuring Greg Scarborough and Darrell McCall...Roger Kirby & Texas Heartbeat in Waco.

Bye-Bye Dog Days! Polka On!

Happy 5th anniversary to Theresa Parker and Gary McKee. Yes, they have been publishing the Texas Polka News for 5 years! Theresa and Gary reflect on this accomplishment. This issue has lots of photos and recaps the polka ride over the past 5 years. Gary also gives a thumbs up to dancers in training - those young kids having fun on the dance floor. Justin Everett reviews an oldie but a goodie CD by the Red Ravens and profiles DJ Heidi from Denton. He also helps us remember Rosie Mikula who recently passed away. Festival season has begun. Learn more about the Western Swing & BBQ Festival in Lockhart, Raise the Roof Fundraiser at Twin Sisters Dance Hall in Blanco, Schuetzenfest in Round Top, Kolache Fest in Hallettsville is celebrating its 25th year, Kolache Fest in Caldwell is celebrating its 35th year, and get ready for the Oktoberfest circuit - Fort Worth, McKinney, Houston, San Antonio, and Victoria. Of course, we have your September calendar of dances, festivals, and live music events, and the listing of church picnics. Visit texaspolkanews.com to see the latest issue. Visit texaspolkanews.com to see the latest issue.

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Photo Gallery 
Ellinger Church Picnic
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Gary E. McKee
Boogie Back to Bastrop
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Glen Collins & Alibis in Elgin
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Cistern Church Picnic
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Watch the videos  by Walt Harfmann of Dujka Brothers & Praha Brothers at Praha Picnic...Mark Halata & Texavia at Elgin...Ennis Czech Boys at Sefcik Hall...Fritz Hodde/Fab 6 at SPJST Lodge 18 in Elgin...the bands at Slovenefest in Pennsylvania...Dujka Brothers and Red Ravens at St. John...Dujka Brothers with vocal by Roger Kirby at Granger dance.

Watch the videos  by George Weber of Texas Sound Check, Charles & Fab 4, Mark Halata & Texavia at PoLK of A party in New Taiton...Ennis Czech Boys, Dujka Brothers, Mason Nesvadba at at East Bernard Kolache Fest...Shiner Hobos and Mark Halata/Texavia at Shiner Picnic...Texas Sound Check and Czechaholics at Hostyn Picnic...the Spring Awakening Dance in West featuring Dujka Brothers and Czech & Then Some.

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