The Cesky Den Festival is the top reason we came here for a visit. My partner adventurer and husband Al is almost 1/2 Czech and this ethnic group is one of the smaller ones in Wisconsin. His ancestors settled in the Manitowoc area, this group settled here in the Cheyenne Valley, both groups in the 1800’s. We went on Sunday, so admission was $10 each, it would have been $15 on Saturday. You get a neat collector button to wear too while at the festival.
The festival is held at the Fireman’s Memorial Park, many events taking place in their large pavillion, no weather to worry about. Here is an aerial picture that was found on their Facebook page, we were in the long building with the green roof.
Here is the view as we go in.
We arrived just as the events were beginning. A Ecumenical church service began, honoring veterans, singing by the Yuba-Hillsboro Czech Singers.
Here is the backdrop on the stage alone, looks great!
There were many people selling items as well, I got a CD of Czech songs performed by the group above. They even had a couple of cutouts for a funny photo op, we had fun with this one!
It was great fun watching the Domaci Youth Folk Dancers perform traditional Czech dances. They also had a maypole dance outside. It was windy!
Now for a dance inside.
We enjoyed a great lunch of a pork sandwich and traditional Kolache, a dessert pastry. We had the poppyseed, yum!
A lady in traditional dress let me take her picture, very beautiful! She made it herself!
Soon it was time for some polka and waltzes performed by Malek’s Fisherman Band from Duncan, Iowa. They are a busy group!
We had a great time at this festival, we both learned a lot about Al’s heritage as well!