Fritz’s Polka Band returns to State Fair


VERONA – Fritz’s Polka Band are scheduled to perform on three separate occaisions at this year’s New York state fair. These shows are planned for Monday, Aug. 31 at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.

The shows will take place on the Regional Artists Variety Stage, which has featured a diverse array of bands and performers from across New York.

“This year will mark 20 years that we’ve been performing at the New York State Fair, and we are thrilled about being there again,” said Fritz Scherz, band leader of Fritz’s Polka Band. “I’ll never forget the first year my band played at the State Fair, we were on the K-Rock Stage. That was the start to a great bunch of gigs over the years at the State Fair and we’re so excited about this year being our 20th year performing there that we have a very special surprise planned.”

“The neat thing about this gig, is that it’s such a family-friendly event, as we always see people in the audience ranging from small kids to people well over 80 or even 90 years old! We take pride in being a band that brings generations together! As we’ve done each year at the State Fair since my Dad passed away, we’ll be honoring his legacy by playing some of the songs that he wrote,” Scherz added.

The band has been performing for more than 36 years, and became the first band in the polka genre to play at Woodstock Festival in Rome. The band has produced 18 recordings of various types, and appears on the DVD version of 2004 thriller “The Manchurian Candidate.”

For more info on Fritz’s Polka Band, email Fritz at: or call 363-3509, or visit the band’s website at To learn more about the band’s appearance at the New York state fair, visit


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