Bill Azman and Hocevar’s Maple Heights Catering Winners at 15th Polka Hall of Fame
About 1,100 polka-lovers danced their calories away at the SNPJ Farm in Kirtland,
Ohio, on Wednesday, September 12, at the 15th annual Slovenian Sausage Festival hosted
by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum. Visitors sampled sausages
from vendors and voted their favorite, then took to the dance floor for eight hours
of music by top polka performers.
The People's Choice Award went to Bill Azman’s Quality Meats with Raddell's Slovenian
Sausage Shop as the runner-up. A panel of judges picked Hocevar’s Maple Heights Catering
for top sausage of 2018 with Bill Azman's as runner-up. All three sausage vendors
are based in the Cleveland, Ohio, area.
Sixty musicians and bandleaders, including Canada’s Polka King Walter Ostanek and
Nashville’s Joey Miskulin, volunteered to perform for the annual fund-raiser for
the Polka Hall of Fame.
"I love the food and the music," said Lou Kostello of Atlanta, Georgia. "I grew up
with it in Cleveland and I try to come back every year .”
Slovenian sausages (kranjske klobase) are cured and smoked and prepared from recipes
brought to the United States by immigrants from Slovenia. All three winners rely
on century-old sausage recipes handed down by their grandparents. An estimated two
hundred pounds of sausages were enjoyed at the event.
The National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates the city's
home-grown dance music with audio exhibits, historic photographs and original instruments.
The sound emerged from the city’s Slovenian neighborhoods and first became a national
sensation in the decade after World War II. The Polka Hall of Fame is located at
605 East 222nd Street in Euclid, Ohio, in the city’s historic former city hall. For
more information, check the website at www.polkafame.com or call (216) 621- FAME.
Marie and Bill Azman, proprietors of Azman’s Quality Meats in Euclid, Ohio, receive
the 2018 People’s Choice award banner at the 15th annual Slovenian Sausage Festival
sponsored by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum. The presentation
was made with Denny Bucar of the Polka Hall of Fame.
TJ Likovic was one of sixty entertainers at the 15th Slovenian Sausage Festival hosted
by the National Cleveland-Style Polka hall of Fame at SNPJ Farm In Kirtland, Ohio,
Wednesday, September 12, 2018.
Jay Raddell, of Raddell’s Slovenian Sausage Shop in Cleveland’s North Collinwood
neighborhood, serves bratwurst at the 15th Slovenian Sausage Festival hosted by the
National Cleveland-Style Polka hall of Fame at SNPJ Farm In Kirtland, Ohio, Wednesday,
September 12, 2018.