New Ulm is a small town in southern Minnesota, with traditions deeply rooted from the German immigrants
that formed the city in the 1854.
However, there is nothing small about the party that takes place two weekends a year, as the German heritage erupts into Oktoberfest. In fact, it was featured in a USA Today article as one of the 10 great places to celebrate Oktoberfest in North America.
Get ready to Polka at the Holiday Inn, the main hub of activity for the weekend. It was obvious from the start that there were numerous veterans of the event, and the polka dancing expertise was intimidating. No way we were holding back though, and we let the authentic live music propel us around the dance floor. Though I was never sure if our "polka" (quotes because I am not sure what I was doing can be truly called polka) was interrupting the flow of carefully planned choreography, or if the tremendous energy in the movements can look natural even for a novice. Either way, no one dancing had anything but a smile.
Now hopefully, this was just practice for when we do this in Munich! Cheers!