The Cambria City section of Johnstown was flooded Friday with a rush of polka lovers.

For 20-something Ariana Burkey and Niki Zajdel, of Johnstown, it was a chance to hear live polka music for the first time.

“Our generation doesn’t appreciate this kind of music,” Zajdel said. “It’s been a lot of fun.”

The pair were just a few of the up to 10,000 expected for the three-day Johnstown PolkaFest. They took in the sound of DynaBrass, a Michigan-based band, at Ace’s, 316 Chestnut St.

“We love all kinds of music,” Burkey said. “We don’t want the music scene in Johnstown to die.”

Just down the street at St. Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church pavilion, the band Polka Family, who started out in southern California, entertained a host of hand clappers and foot stompers.

“Doesn’t it get your blood going,” said Rosie Kelly of Richland Township. She sat with her husband, Lee Kelly, as the wall of music rushed their way.

“It’s our first time here,” she said above the tunes. “I can’t imagine you’ll find anybody who doesn’t like it.”

Tammy Simmons of Vinco wended her way through the crowd past the vendors selling their wares. Last year it rained during PolkaFest. But this day was nice to visit the city, she said.

“The weather is nice, free entertainment and good food,” Simmons said.

Then, flashing a smile, she said: “Now if I can just get my husband to dance with me. He has bad knees.”

PolkaFest continues today and Sunday.

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