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Top Polka Bands to appear at Hanover Festival

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

"Barefoot Becky" Livermore
Two of the Midwest's top polka bands will play at the 15th Annual Hanover Festival on Sunday, August 28, from noon to 7 p.m. Both bands have appeared at previous festivals and are back by popular demand.

Barefoot Becky, and the Ivanhoe Dutchmen, from Mt. Vernon, Iowa, will perform German-style polka with Czech folk music, Dixieland and big band touches.

Becky Livermore had her first lessons on the accordion at age 10, and in a few years was playing with bands in the area. In 1988, as a senior in high school, she organized her own band, which has since become one of the Midwest's most popular bands.

Coming from Wisconsin, Gary Brueggen and the Ridgeland Dutchmen were inducted into the Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame in 1988, and were named Band of the Year in 2003. Gary, who plays accordion and sings, hails from a family of musicians who have played in Brueggen bands.

In addition to the toe-tapping music for dancing or listening, those attending will have an opportunity to visit the restored Hanover Village, located at the Junction of M-27 and C-65. There they will see many special displays and working exhibits of pioneer crafts. Special activities for children are provided.

Food will be served from noon to 7 p.m., including ice cream, home made pie, and sandwiches.

Admission is just $7.50, with children 14 and under admitted free. Free parking is available across from the general store.

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