This was our third year attending Cesky Den in Hillsboro. We went in 2014 and 15 also and had a great time. The festival has been evolving and changing to keep up with the times and adding more kid-oriented attractions in addition to the adult favorites activities.
Among the new activities this year, a Color Walk/Run, 5 K in length. Unfortunately, it was not advertised real well or a link provided to sign up. You could not register on the same day for this event. This is the information I found later, maybe they will do it again next year.
Here are the participants at the conclusion of the event, we arrived at 10:15 and enjoyed seeing everyone and the street coated in colored chalk dust.
Other new additions to the festival was a bounce house and petting zoo. A real cute miniature horse, a calf and two goats charmed everyone who came by to pet them. It was hosted by the Hillsboro 4-H club. Face Candy was there to face paint also.
This year the Opening Ceremony was held on the outdoor stage to officially kick off the event at 11:00. They have a Royal Court. Every year a Cesky Den King, Queen, Prince and Princess, or two princes or princesses are chosen. This year’s Royal Court, left to right: Princess Sophia Munson, Queen & King, Kelli & Tom Dank, Princess Aubrey Schiller.
We also enjoyed a traditional Czech meal with Polka music in the background playing favorite dances. A children’s story was even read to the kids in both Czech and English, Little Mole’s Adventures, From Spring to Winter. There are many Little Mole books to read to your children, cute story!
After the story the Domácí Dancers performed traditional Czech dances. Domácí means “hometown”. We have been watching these children grow up since our first visit two years ago. Now there were new younger dancers and there were more than ever this year. They are doing a great job passing on the Czech traditions to the next generation.
Enjoy our video of the festival, including the dancers!
As usual we had a great time at this festival, we hope to come back for a 4th time next year. Everyone is Czech for a day at Cesky den!