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      Thirty-second annual Polka Fest Kicks Off

      If cherries aren't really your thing - head just outside Traverse City to Cedar's thirty-second annual Polka Fest.

      Kicking off Thursday night, the festival features multiple Midwest polka bands and plenty of Polish food - including brats, sauerkraut, and pierogies - and of course, plenty of beer.

      Organizers say the large wooden dance floor is polished and ready to go! Polka bands are booked a couple of years in advance for the festival, and despite how hot it can get under the tent, the dance floor is contantly full.

      Visitors come from miles away to celebrate Polish heritage, some even camping out for the holiday weekend.

      7&4 spoke with visitors from Canada, Louisiana, Ohio, and across Michigan who all said they enjoyed the music and dancing, and of course the food. One guest said, "Its a good party, a lot of good exercise, dancing, having a great time, and we just love it. Ee've been coming here for a few years now, and we wouldn't miss it for the world."

      All of the money raised from Polka Fest goes right back into the community, much of it towards Cedar schools and scholarships.

      The polka fest runs through Sunday evening, and also includes a parade Saturday afternoon and a traditional Catholic mass Sunday morning.