National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum

605 East 222nd Street
Euclid, OH 44123




Phone: 216-261-3263

Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA

Fax: 216-261-4134  © National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum, 605 East 222nd Street, Euclid, OH 44123, USA.






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53th Thanksgiving Polka Party Weekend

November 24 to november 26,

Marriott Hotel, Downtown Cleveland, OH.













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National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum

605 East 222nd Street • Euclid, Ohio 44123

(216) 261-FAME (3263) • Toll-Free: 1 (866) 66-POLKA • Fax: (216) 261-4134 •




















Polka Hall of Fame Inducts Four Musicians

at Awards Spectacular, November 26


Four long-time Cleveland-area polka musicians will be inducted into the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame at the annual awards ceremony on November 26, 2016. Bandmates Jeff Pecon, John Pecon and Ralph Delligatti, along with Mark Habat , were voted for their lifetime achievements in Cleveland-Style polka music by Hall of Fame members and trustees. The announcement was made at the October 13 membership meeting of the American Slovenian Polka Foundation in Euclid, Ohio.


Mark Habat has been a popular drummer for more than forty years and has appeared on more than eighty recordings. He is Vice President of the Polka Hall of Fame and organizes the annual Thanksgiving Polka Weekend. Jeff Pecon, John Pecon and Ralph Delligatti have performed together since the 1970s and their Jeff Pecon Orchestra has been a favorite band on the Cleveland-Style scene.

Two all-time Cleveland-Style hits were also chosen by voters. "The Café Polka" was written by America's Polka King Frank Yankovic in 1946 and is best known for its refrain of  "E-I-E-I-E-I-O." "Slovenia," a waltz penned in 1974 by Vilko and Slavko Avsenik in tribute to their native country, has become one of Slovenia's most beloved melodies. The New Song of the Year was also announced, "Justie and Maggie's Song" by Pittsburgh bandleader Dick Tady.


The Board of Trustees added five names to the Polka Hall of Fame Honor Roll. The Twin Cities' Denny Anderson plays banjo, guitar and bass as leader of the International Main Street Polka Band. John Hasper is a Cleveland-Style Polka promoter from the Netherlands who maintains, one of the most comprehensive polka sites on the internet. Cleveland's Slovenian Workmen's Home has hosted polka and Slovenian events from 100 years. Polka pioneer Victor Lisjak was a recording artist in the 1920s. Accordionist Joe Princie was a bandleader and instructor in Cleveland and Orange County, California.


The 29th annual National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame awards ceremony takes place on Saturday afternoon, November 26, 2016, 2:00, in the Grand Ballroom of the Downtown Marriott Hotel on Cleveland's Public Square. This year's all-star stage show, "The Art of the Accordion," features Canada's Polka King Walter Ostanek, among other entertainers. The stage orchestra is directed by Tom Mroczka. A Polka Mass follows with Minnesota's Polka Priest, Fr. Frank Perkovich.


The Awards Show is the high point of the annual Thanksgiving Polka Music Weekend hosted by the Polka Hall of Fame at the Marriott. The event was first produced by radio personality Tony Petkovsek in 1963 and attracts polka entertainers and fans from the U.S. and Canada with three days of music and dancing, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 24, 25, and 26. Performers include Nashville's Joey Miskulin, TV's Chardon Polka Band, Eddie Rodick and reigning Band of the Year, the Frank Stanger Orchestra. The weekend is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.


Dance admission Thursday and Friday is $20 per person and $15 on Saturday, including free indoor parking. 18 and under free.  Awards Show tickets are $20 each. Save with a Saturday Polka Pass - the Awards Show and the Saturday dance are only $30 per person. For dance and show tickets, call the Polka Hall of Fame, (216) 261-FAME, toll-free (866) 66-POLKA, or


Reserve rooms at the Downtown Marriott Hotel through Kollander Travel at a special rate of $105 per room-night, including free indoor parking, (216) 692-1000, toll-free (800) 800-5981, or


The Polka Hall of Fame and Museum was founded in 1987 by musicians and leaders of Slovenian and ethnic organizations. The Cleveland style of polka has roots in Slovenian folk music with influences from country and western, jazz, Tin Pan Alley and other nationality sounds.


The museum features audio exhibits, photographs and original instruments tracing the Cleveland-style polka to its origins in Slovenia in the late 1800s. The Hall of Fame portrait gallery pays tribute to significant musicians and individuals. The archive preserves 5,000 Slovenian and Cleveland-style recordings, dating back a century. Each year members nominate and vote for polka musicians and achievers in ten categories, including from orchestra, album and musician of the year.


The National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum is located at 605 East 222nd Street in Euclid, Ohio, in the historic former Euclid City Hall. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11:00 to 4:00. Admission is free. Polka recordings are on sale in the museum store.  





Click here for Nominees/Winners results 2016


Click here for Thanksgiving Polka Party Weekend 2016


Click here for Awards Show 2016


Click here for Thanksgiving Polka Party Weekend 2015


Click here for Awards Show 2015


Click here for Thanksgiving Polka Party Weekend 2014


Click here for Awards Show 2014


Click here for Thanksgiving Polka Party Weekend 2013


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