A Hint of History

The festival actually started in 1977 when co-host’s Marv Herzog and Harold Mitas began the Summer Polka Fest; that partnership lasted for nine years. In 1986 Harold Mitas bought Marv Herzog out and ran the Summer Polka Fest one remaining year in Frankenmuth and then moved the festival to the Saginaw Civic Center. In 1987 Mark Janson and Tim Elbers partnered and ran the Frankenmuth Festival of Polkas. In 1988 Mark Janson and Marv Herzog formed the parent corporation RAM Productions, Inc. and thus began the Summer Music Fest. Mark Janson purchased Marv and Teresa Herzog’s shares in RAM Pro-ductions in 2002 soon after Marv was diagnosed with cancer. Marv passed away on December 12, 2002. The Summer Music Fest could not happen each year with-out the financial or in-kind help from its many sponsors, all those who volunteer, and of course all those who attend. It is our intent to continue the Summer Music Fest for many years to come. Thank you everyone for the past 32 years, Mark, Val, Tyler and Zachary Janson.

Notes & Info

  • Rain or shine, show must go on
  • Food and beverages are not included with your admission ticket
  • Food should be purchased by cash
  • Drinks can be purchased by cash or card
  • All bags will be checked
  • No refunds or exchanges
  • No senior discounts
  • No free shuttle services
  • No overnight parking
  • No coolers or food
  • No alcohol, drugs, fireworks, weapons, or guns
  • 12 & under are free

Band Line-Up

Band Line-Up and Performance Times Are Subject To Change

Tuesday, August 8

Mollie B and Squeezebox

Wednesday, August 9
Mollie B and Squeezebox

Thursday, August 10

New Brass Express
Polka Family
Jimmy K's All Star Band

Friday, August 11

Polka Family
The Boys
Lenny Gomulka
Polka Country Musicians

Saturday, August 12

Lenny Gomulka
John Gora
Polka Country Musicians
The Boys

For more information on this year's Summer Music Fest, please visit the Summer Music Fest Website here!

About the Author

Frankenmuth CVB

The Frankenmuth Convention & Visitors Bureau is a destination marketing organization, promoting tourism to Michigan's Little Bavaria.