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Three days of polka starts Friday

How can you not be happy when you’re dancing the polka?

Apparently people have felt that way since it was introduced in the early 1800s in Bohemia. It quickly spread throughout Europe. From Prague to Vienna, Paris to London, the quick-stepping dance found popularity wherever it went.

Once it hit America in the 1840s it became more popular than even the more sedate waltz.

It polka is in your blood, come on down to the Wisconsin State Polka Festival this weekend at the Olympia Resort, 1350 Royale Mile Road in Oconomowoc.

The three days of nonstop polka music featuring 10 great bands starts at 4 p.m. Friday. There will be a polka Mass at 11:15 a.m. Sunday.

Admission for Friday or Sunday is $12; Saturday admission is $15. A three-day pass is $35. Kids 18 and younger are free.

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