Crown the Klobasa King at the 13th Slovenian Sausage Festival, Wednesday, September 14, at SNPJ Farm in Kirtland

Button accordion jam sessions are an entertaining feature at the 13th Annual Slovenian Sausage Festival hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum at SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio, on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.

The party starts when the sausages come out at the 13th Annual Slovenian Sausage Fest, hosted by Euclid's National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum, Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio.  Cast your vote for the Top Klobasa from several sausage-makers. Dance to your favorite polka bands with seven hours of music, from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Polka your calories away bands like Frank Stanger and his 2015 Band of the Year; Patty C and the Guys, the Button Box Band of the Year; the Fairport Jammers; the Magic City Button Boxers; the Wayne Tomsic Orchestra; Ron Likovic; the Chardon Polka Band; and Canada’s Polka King Walter Ostanek with the Polka Hall of Fame All-Star Band. More bands to come. More than fifty accordionists and musicians are scheduled to perform. Bring your own squeezebox and jam along!

Taste sausages from several makers and then pick your winner. Prizes are awarded by People's Choice and the juried Best of Fest, where the winning sausage-maker becomes the official supplier to the three-day Thanksgiving Polka Weekend at the Cleveland Downtown Marriott Hotel. The King of Klobasa is crowned at 6:00 p.m.

Choose from an assortment of sweet and savory treats and refreshments from vendors and in the kitchen. Pick up a polka CD or tee-shirt at the souvenir stand.

SNPJ Farm is at 10946 Heath Road in Kirtland, Ohio, off Chardon Road (Route 6), three miles east of Route 306 and six miles west of Ohio Route 44. Sausage Fest advance tickets are $10.00 each, available at the Polka Hall of Fame, 605 East 222nd Street, in Euclid, Ohio. Same-day admission is $12.00. Under 18 free. Call the Polka Hall of Fame for tickets and details, (216) 261-FAME, or on-line at

Joe Valencic

Joseph Valencic is President of the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum in the historic, old Euclid City Hall on East 222nd Street.

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