Big Brutus Polka Fest in West Mineral

From dancing to a variety of food, the annual Big Brutus Polka Fest continues to draw a crowd to the giant electric shovel near West Mineral.

Staged on the fourth Saturday in August every year, the Polka Fest will kick off at 7 p.m. Saturday at Big Brutus, 6509 NW 60th St. The gate will open at 6 p.m., and the event will run until 10 p.m. General admission is $5 per person, and parking is free. RV parking will also be available. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets because seating is limited. No coolers, cans or bottles are permitted.

The festival will include live entertainment and a beer garden. The Johnnie Zibert Band will play polka music all night with the dance beginning at 7 p.m. Italian sausage, Polish sausage, pizza, hot dogs and strudel will be served. The event will go on rain or shine.

“It’s a tradition that was started approximately 20 years ago,” Becker said. “A lot of the folks in this area look forward to it every year.” Towering 16 stories tall, Big Brutus certainly lives up to its nickname. When it was operating, it was the largest electric shovel in the world and cost $6.5 million in 1962.

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