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Slovenian Sausage Festival

The party starts when the sausages come out at the 14th Annual Slovenian Sausage Fest, hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum, Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio.


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Walter Ostanek & Friends - Plays Kenny Bass And His Polka Poppers

Dave Wretschko - The Best Of

Patty C and The Guys - Toe Tappin' Tunes


In Memoriam

Art Walunas 1931 - 2017


A great musician has passed

Banjo player Roger DiBenedict passed away. Roger played with Eddie Habat, Al Tercek, Frank Yankovic, Kenny Bass, Art Perko and many other polka bands. Trustees Honor Roll 1996.


Polka Passing

Betty Spetich, the wife of the late Polka Hall of Famer Frankie Spetich passed away at age 84 at her home in Barberton, OH, on January 21, 2017


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Patty C and The Guys - Toe Tappin' Tunes


Chriss Hibbs joins board

Welcome Christine Mihelich Hibbs to the Board of Trustees. She fills the term of retiring trustee Duffy O'Neil. Chris has performed with the Don Wojtila Orchestra for 20 years. She just won her eight award as Vocalist of the Year.


In Memoriam

Angela Zabjek 1921 - 2017 Vocalist and Volunteer. Trustees Honor Roll 2011


O'Neill retires as Trustee

After more than 20 years of volunteering for the Hall of Fame Duffy O'Neil is retiring from the Board.


Board Nominations

Nominations will be open for five Polka Hall of Fame Trustee positions. Three at-large, one presenting musicians, and one for Slovenian institutions. Each three-year term is from April 2017 to March 2020.


In Memoriam

Ron Luznar - Accordionist and Bandleader. 1945 - 2016. Trustees Honor Roll 2009.

Mary Vadnal wife of the late Frank Vadnal passed away in Cleveland on October 20 at age 92.


Great Holiday Gift Ideas

CDs just in from Slovenia. Polka CDs. Polka DVDs. T-Shirts. New Book by Cilka Dolgan: Cleveland-Style Greatest Polkas and Waltzes.  


New Haller Polka Cds

John Hasper of has donated new CDs celebrating the 100th recording by Polka Hall of Famer Hank Haller and his Ensemble. Through The Years Volume 2. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Polka Hall of Fame.


Seeking Volunteers

Do you enjoy working at music events? Are you good at writing? Dou you have office or computer skills? Be a Polka Hall of Fame volunteer. Tell us how you'd like to help. Send us a note to


Lausche Grant

Madeline and Jim Debevec, Trustees of the Lausche Foundation, presented a check for a generous grant to the Polka Hall of Fame.  


National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame Awards 2016

The Award for Best new song goes to Dick Tady with Justie and Maggie's Song. Other winners were, Lifetime Achievement Award: Jeff & John Pecon, Ralph Delligatti and Mark Habat. The Trustees Honor Roll are for Denny Anderson, John Hasper, Victor Lizjak, Joe Princie and Slovenian Workman's Home. Greatest All Time Hit Song were Slovenia Waltz and Café Polka. The presentation of the Awards will be at the gala Polka Hall of Fame Awards Show, Saturday, November 26, 2016, in the Grand Ballroom of the Downtown Cleveland Marriott Hotel (Public Square) at 2:00 p.m.


Stories of Your Favorite Songs

Cleveland-Style Greatest Polkas and Waltzes A New Book by Cilka Dolgan. Which classical work inspired “Slap Happy Polka?” Which big-band swing orchestra recorded “Over Three Hills?” Who is the Emily of “Emily’s Waltz?” A new book by Cecilia “Cilka” Dolgan tells the stories of fifty of the most beloved Cleveland-Style polkas and waltzes. Cilka, President Emeritus of the Polka Hall of Fame and a well-known

musician in her own right, reveals how fifty favorite melodies became so popular. Each song is a Greatest All-Time Hit, as voted by members of the Hall of Fame over the years. Cilka shares the fascinating histories

about the Slovenian roots, famous names and inspirations behind the songs that make the Cleveland-Style so danceable. Now on sale at the Polka Hall of Fame Gift Shop for $6.95.


In Memoriam

Button accordionist Bud Hyrczyk passed away at age 67. He was a frequent Polka Hall of Fame nominee.


Fund-Raiser CD

Ron Sluga marks his 80th birthday with this special collection of 26 classic Cleveland-Style polkas and waltzes. With this 80th Birthday CD, you'll thrill to his best recordings along with Walter Ostanek, Frank Stanger, Joey Miskulin, Jeff Pecon, Bob Kravos, Dick Sodja, Gaylord Klancnik, Joey Tomsick, Art Perko, Don Wojtila, Eddie Rodick & Fred Ziwich. More than one hour music.


Eddie Vallus & Sam Pugliano Remembered on Ostanek CD

The late bandleaders Eddie Vallus and Sam Pugliano join polka forces with Walter Ostanek on a special reissue of a 1993 recording, Happiness Is Polkas And Waltzes. The CD features nine songs with Sam And Walter and nine selections by Eddie Vallus Band II. Joey Miskulin adds his accordion expertise to several numbers. John Hasper of remastered these vintage recordings in tribute to these fine Polka Hall of Fame achievers. Proceeds from each CD benefit the Hall of Fame. Order your copy through the Polka Hall of Fame Gift Shop.


Remembering Eddie Vallus: The Prince of POPPs

1936 - 2016

Lifetime Achievement Award, inducted 2012

Eddie Vallus led one of the best-known Cleveland-Style polka bands in the Youngstown, Ohio, area and was a long-time promoter of the music through his activities with the Penn-Ohio Polka Pals. He played the accordion in bands since his early teens. Eddie's polka music career began in 1953 with the Johnny Butchko Orchestra, alongside famed accordionist Joe Fedorchak. Eddie, Joe and the band were regulars on the Youngstown television show, "Polka Party," from 1958 to 1961. He led his own band for 18 years, before forming the Eddie Vallus Band II in 1992. Two generations of students learned the accordion from him. He was a prolific recording artist and published five accordion songbooks. Eddie composed 48 polkas and waltzes for friends and family. In 1985 he wrote "Y-Town Youngstown," a song used to promote the city. Together with Fr. George Balasko, originator of the Polka Mass, the Eddie Vallus Band II appeared at countless Polka Masses and was, until recently, still in demand for festivals and special events. Eddie was a founding member of the Penn-Ohio Polka Pals and was honored by the polka organization in 1993. He had been a member of the Musicians Union for more than 60 years.


Walter Ostanek's 100th CD Salutes Eddie Habat, Benefits Hall of Fame

Canada's Polka King Walter Ostanek celebrates his 100th polka recording with a salute to Cleveland-Style legend Eddie Habat. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Polka Hall of Fame. Walter's jubilee CD brings together 23 of Hambone Habat's hits. John Hasper of produced the album as a labor of love for two of his favorite polka performers. Order your copy through the Polka Hall of Fame Gift Shop.


Accordion Champ Denis Novato Stars on Polka Music Awards Show Broadcast on and WINT AM-1330, Sunday, December 27, at 2:00 p.m.

Enjoy the top names in Cleveland-Style Polka on a special Polka Hall of Fame Music Awards broadcast this Sunday. Tune into or WINT AM-1330 on Sunday, December 27, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. for a special two-hour broadcast of the star-studded Polka Awards Show spectacular from the recent Thanksgiving Polka Weekend at the Downtown Cleveland Marriott Hotel Ballroom. Featured entertainer is Denis Novato, World Diatonic Accordion Champion, who arrived from Europe for the occasion. Several Polka Hall of Fame honorees appear, including Canada's Polka King, Walter Ostanek and Joey Miskulin of TV’s Riders in the Sky. Featured performers included Jeff Winard (WI), Denny Anderson (WI), the Veseli Godci (Merry Music-Makers), Patty C and the Guys, and the Alpine Sextet (OH). The Awards Show orchestra is led by Tom Mroczka. The show theme, “A Century of Cleveland-Style Polka,” salutes the Slovenian and American influences on the music, especially Slovenia’s late polka powerhouse Slavko Avsenik and Cleveland bandleaders Johnny Pecon and Frank Yankovic, America’s Polka King, who both would have been 100 this year. Pecon’s sons John and Jeff and Yankovic’s son Bob perform in honor of their fathers.


Play to win! Support the Polka Hall of Fame and you could be a winner! Enter the raffle and get a chance at weekly price of $200.m Order raffle tickets at the Polka Hall of Fame or call (216) 261-3263. You can't win if you don't play!


Walter Ostanek Celebrates with Fans

Seven hundred fans wished Canada's Polka King a happy birthday as the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum saluted the legendary Walter Ostanek, Sunday, May 3. Eighteen Cleveland-Style Polka stars paid tribute to his 80th year with eight hours of music in two halls at the Slovenian Society Home in Euclid, Ohio - all in honor of the three-time Grammy Award winner. Surprise guests included Fritz Scherz and Gabe Vaccaro of Fritz's Polka Band from Verona, New York; Murray McFadgen, Walter's long-time vocalist; and Joey Miskulin from the cowboy combo Riders in the Sky, who flew in from Nashville. "Walter is not just a fine musician, but a warm and wonderful human being," said Miskulin. "He knows how to share the joy he feels in his playing." The accordionist is featured on a 80th birthday CD release of a vintage Walter Ostanek album of polkas and waltzes, produced by John Hasper of Walter was honored with speeches and presentations by several musicians and community leader, including Frank Svet of Dayton, Ohio, and radio personality Tony Petkovsek and proclamations from Euclid Mayor Bill Cervenik and Ohio Governor John Kasich. Joe Valencic, president of the Polka Hall of Fame, presented Walter with a crystal bowl filled with packages of Slovenian smoked sausages. Bandleader Fred Kuhar, past president, treated Walter to a Slovenian potica nut roll. "It means so much to me to see all of you here today because I owe it all to the people," said Walter during the presentation. "Without them I am just another accordion player." He was accompanied by daughter Cheryl and son Rick. His wife Irene could not attend due to health issues. Walter was the first of a charismatic new generation of polka performers to appear in the 1960s. He born into a Slovenian family in Duparquet, Quebec, Canada, in 1n 1935. Frank Yankovic, America's Polka King, inspired him to start his own band at age 16 in St. Catherines, Ontario. Walter's showmanship was perfect for television and he hosted his own program for nearly 40 years. His flawless interpretation of the Cleveland-Style Polka earned him Grammy Awards in 1993, 1994 and 1995. He will be releasing his 100th album in the fall. Walter strapped on his accordion and performed with several musicians, including Miskulin, Scherz, Kuhar, Fred Ziwich, Don Wojtila, Ron Sluga, Brian O'Boyle and Mark Habat, who coordinated the celebration. Proceeds from the event benefited the Polka Hall of Fame. The 80th birthday CD, "Walter Ostanek: Today and Forever," is available at the Polka Hall of Fame at a special price through June, 2015. Call (216) 261-3263 to order.


Fund-Raiser CD

Walter Ostenek, Canada's Polka King marks his 80th birthday with a special collection of classic Cleveland-Style polkas and waltzes. Now available at the Polka Hall of Fame. Walter's 80th birthday CD, "Today and Forever," is a digital re-mastering of one of his top-selling recordings from the 1980s along with a selection of bonus tracks. Two of Walter's signature tunes, "Jo Ann Polka" and "Lee and Ann's Polka," highlight this special edition. His good buddy Joey Miskulin, best known as Joey, the Cow-Polka King, from the cowboy combo Riders in the Sky, makes an appearance on several songs. A portion of the proceeds from this CD benefit the Polka Hall of Fame, courtesy of John Hasper of, the producer of this souvenir edition.


Polka and Slovenian T-Shirts

Show your spirit with a T-Shirt or sweatshort featuring a polka or Slovenian theme. Choose from different colors, designs and slogans. Available in the Gift Shop.