The 2015 Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame awards dance and presentation will be on Sunday November 8th @ Laack's Hall in Johnsonville, WI. Elmer Hayes, trumpeter from Stratford, WI, was voted in for the Lifetime Achievement award! The dance will be from 1pm-5pm, with the awards presentation @ 2pm. We hope to see you all there.
On September 12th 2015, the WPHofF honored these outstanding-polka loving individuals with Distinguished Service Awards @ The Waupun Volksfest: Andy Justmann- band leader who plays concertina, sax, and clarinet. Theresa Schneider- pianist with many eastern WI polka bands. And Clyde & Darlene(Bonnie) Olson- since 1992 they have held/promoted Sunday polka dances @ their venue, "Bonnie & Clyde's Polka Palace" in Markesan WI.
Congratulations to all of the 2014 Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame award winners & nominees. 2014 award winners are:
Lifetime Achievement- Earl McNellis (Cousin Fuzzy) *pictured
Support & Promotion- Jerry Schneider
Cultural Heritage- West Bend Germanfest
Honor Roll- Greg Laabs & Brian Brueggen
Band of the Year- The Goodtime Dutchmen
Youth Achievement- Andy Grawien
Youth Mentor- Tuba Dan Jerabek
Side Musician of the year- Mark Krutzik, Tom Schneider, and Marty Nachreiner
Thank you to all of the members of the the WI Polka Hall of Fame that voted!