2011 Chmielewski Intl. Polka Fest At Black Bear

By KBJR News 1

June 4, 2011 Updated Jun 4, 2011 at 7:12 PM CDT

Carlton, MN (Northland's Newscenter) -The sounds of the Chmielewski Funtime Band were ringing though Black Bear Casino today as part of the 2011 Chmielewski's International "Polka Fest".

The Chmielewski Funtime band was one of many polka bands from all over the country at today's event, with some groups coming from as far as Oregon and Alaska.

Florian Chmielewski is the leader of the Funtime band and says no matter what age you are, you are sure to have a good time at this year's polka fest.

"You got to remember now polka music is happy music. Everybody is laughing and smiling and doing 'in heaven there is no beer'...the beer barrel polka! You got it all right here, come one and join us," said Chmielewski.

Florian Chmielewski also talked about his experience in TV.

Several years ago Chmielewski called Channel 6 home for his Funtime polka show.

"WDSM -TV Channel 6 in 1955, in black and white no taping nothing else, no re runs it was all done live," said Chmielewski.

The 2011 International Polka Fest continues though tomorrow.

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