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Die hard polka fans turn out to dance in Grand Rapids despite weather
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)-The hot weather kept many people inside Sunday, but not some die hard polka lovers in Grand Rapids.

A polka jam session Sunday afternoon capped off the Polish Harvest Festival. The weekend long event featured Polish food, live music, dancing, cooking demonstrations and a beer tent.

"There are a ton of Polish people in Grand Rapids as we all know," said Polish Heritage Society member Ed Sypniewski. "You know the Polish brought so much to this city many, many years ago, the turn of the century. [They brought] lot of workers, a lot of crafters. And they did a lot of harvesting this time of year so that's why we're celebrating."

Organizers say the festival started at Rosa Parks Circle about 40 years ago, then moved to Calder Plaza. This was the first time it was held at Rosa Parks Circle in about 25 years.

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