Project: Cover story, March 2005
Although this is an older clip, it remains one of my favorites because it’s quirky and quintessentially Wisconsin. My interest was piqued after the 20-year-old Miss Wisconsin Polka Booster Queen pitched herself for a profile. I soon discovered that she was part of a small (but larger than expected) crowd of 20- and 30-somethings who are determined to keep their grandparents’ favorite music alive. These young polka addicts spend their time cruising the underground polka circuit, from rural dance halls and corner taverns to polka festivals across the country to polka house parties where they jam all night. Who knew? Read the PDF.