Meet the New National Polka Fest King & Queen

Julio and Jody Hernandez were crowned king and queen on Fri., May 25 at the 52nd Annual National Polka Festival. They follow in the footsteps of brother/sister King and Queen Tyler and Kaylee Prasifka. Texas Polka News had an email chat with the new royals.

Julio and Jody Hernandez of Ennis entered the 32nd Annual contest because they love polka music and dancing. “We also really enjoy doing things together and thought this would be a fun way to represent the National Polka Festival,” Julio said.

The couple have been together since high school and have been married for 13 years. Jody’s mom and dad, Glenn and Pat Prachyl, never let the Czech heritage fade. “I can remember my dad teaching me to dance, and dancing while standing on my grandpa’s feet,” Jody recalled. As a kid, Julio always thought the polka festival was a parade and food downtown. He never knew how much more there was to the festival until Jody brought him to the dances and family weddings and began to teach him how to dance.

Jody has been a nurse for 12 years and is a pre-lung transplant coordinator with UT Southwestern. Julio has been a firefighter for 11 years and is a pump engineer/paramedic with Waxahachie Fire & Rescue. They have two adorable dogs, Brewser the Boxer, and Merlot, the Chihuahua.


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