Dance Your Calories Away at the Polka Hall of Fame 15th Sausage Festival, Wednesday, September 12

Collinwood's Raddell's Sausage Shop won for People's Choice last year at the annual Polka Hall of Fame Sausage Festival, coming up Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at SNPJ Farm, in Kirtland, Ohio.

Did you know it takes 40 minutes of polka-dancing to burn up the calories in one Slovenian sausage? The National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame makes it easy for you at the 15th Annual Slovenian Sausage Festival, with eight hours of non-stop music, Wednesday, September 12, 2018, from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. You can also vote for the sausage you like best.

It’s the 15th anniversary of polka music’s tastiest celebration! Dance to thirteen Cleveland-Style bands and entertainers, especially Canada’s Polka King Walter Ostanek. Enjoy reigning button box players of the year, Ron Likovic and Patty C and the Guys. Performers include Joe Godina and the Summit Button-Boxers, the Fairport Jammers, Ray Kovac and the Mahoning Valley Button Box Club, Anthony Culkar, Frank Svet, Aaron Dussing’s Polka Revolution, and Polka Hall of Famers Denny Bucar, Mark Habat, Ron Sluga and Collinwood's Kathy Hlad. More bands to be announced.

Tote along your accordion and squeeze with your pals. Sample a sausage from each maker and then choose your favorite. Nationality treats and refreshments await you between dances. The 2018 klobasa prizes are announced at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the gate. 18 and under free. SNPJ Farm is at 10946 Heath Road in Kirtland, Ohio, off Chardon Road (Route 6), three miles east of Route 306 and six miles west of Route 44. For tickets, stop by the Polka Hall of Fame, 605 East 222nd Street, Euclid, next to Euclid City Hall. Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 to 4:00. Call (216) 261-FAME, toll-free (866) 66-POLKA. Online at

Joe Valencic

Joe Valencic is a North Collinwood historian and writer and President of the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum.

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