From the Publisher

Welcome to the 5th Annual Spring & Summer Fest Guide. So many festivals. That's the purpose of this guide. Similiar to our Oktoberfest Guide published in August, this guide will help you plan your spring and summer weekends.

Our cover story salutes church picnics. You'll get the listing of spring, summer, and fall picnics here first. In fact, many other publications and websites use our listing as a resource. I think that's great. The more people who know about the picnics, the better. It helps the churches raise more funds and create more fellowship. See page 18 for picnics celebrating milestone anniversaries and page 19 for the schedule.

Also celebrating a milestone anniversary is the Brenham Maifest, always held the first weekend in May. This year will mark the 130th festival filled with pageantry in the downtown parade and coronation of junior and senior royalty.

The Kolache Klobase Festival in East Bernard will hold its 30th event in June. Get there early to stake your claim on your fave flavors of kolaches.

Germanfest in Tomball near Houston is celebrating its 20th festival at the end of March. Hard to believe this one started out with one band performing on a trailer to a full-blown, three-day event in historic downtown.

The friendly German town of Muenster near Dallas will celebrate its 45th festival in April. See page 10 to find out what they have in store this year.

The South Texas Polka & Sausage Festival in March in Hallettsville will once again fill the huge KC Hall with music all three days. The 4th annual Polka Hall of Fame inductees will be announced on Sunday afternoon. Congrats to past band Lee Roy Matocha's Orchestra; current band Jodie Mikula Orchestra; and polka supporter Gary E. McKee - yes, our editor and photojournalist. See pages 4 and 5 to read more about these honorees and the festival schedule.

In past guides we have promoted a Cajun Fest and Maifest at Anhalt Hall. Times change and the hall is introducing a new spring fest this year - the Anhalt Western Roundup. See page 8 to learn more about this inaugural festival with an amazing lineup of country stars.

Also new is a Polka! Polka! Polka! bus tour being hosted by Czech & Then Some. They're packing up the bus in Ennis June 4 and heading to the Midwest, bringing their style of Texas polka to venues in Chicago, Michigan, and Ohio. See back page to find out to reserve your seat.

And as much as I love Texas, there are some great festivals to explore elsewhere, such as Beckster Fest in Iowa, and Pulaski Polka Days in Wisconsin. Learn about these fests on pages 11 and 23.

The Texas Polka News and polkabeat staff will do its best to cover as many of these events as possible. See you at a festival soon! Polka On!

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