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35th Annual Cesky Den in Hillsboro

6-10-17 / 2nd Saturday in June

This is our 4th Cesky Den and we were happy we could come back again.  Here is the full schedule of events. Admission is $10 and includes a souvenir button and you get entered into a raffle too!

They have made some changes since our first time in 2013. The festival seemed mostly adult oriented our first time, now they have added more modern attractions the kids are enjoying these days.  The morning began with a Color Run, first implemented last year.

Also a bounce house for the kids.

I still miss the Yuba Hillsboro Czech Singers, they have not been there for a few years. At least I have the CD they produced a few years back. It has traditional Czech songs sung in Czech. Here are the liner notes. This picture is from our first time in 2013.

Notice the cool backdrop? It shows businesses in Hillsboro.

Enjoy the Color Run and the Opening Ceremony below.

The Cesky Den Royalty

Inside the Fireman’s Community Center is where most of the fun takes place. The polka bands provide plenty of music for dancing, and people love to dance here.

This year we had music by the Musical Brass. They are from Green Bay. Also Barefoot Becky & the Ivanhoe Dutchmen. They are from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Enjoy!

Speaking of dancing, Cesky Den isn’t complete without a performance by the Domaci Dancers, talented children in the community keeping Czech dances in the forefront. I’ve watched the older children grow up over the last 4 years. Now they are helping teach the younger ones. Denise Huntley heads the Domaci Dancers and has done a wonderful job! See this year’s performance below.

You can get your traditional Czech pork dinner here too, it was delicious! Here is the menu.

I got the cookbook they had for sale, recipes for the same food so you can make it at home too! It was only $5.

Photo by Al Kutil

Czech bakery items are also for sale, Kolachy, Rolicky (poppyseed rolls),  and more!

After lunch, we headed over to the craft show. There was also a vest-making free workshop for the kids. We plan on having vests to wear next year!

You can even get a picture behind a cutout, kids too!

The Hillsboro Women’s Civic Club  had a Bake Sale, the pie was yummy!

Everyone is Czech at Cesky Den, Vitamé Vas!




34th Annual Cesky Den Festival in Hillsboro

Hillsboro sign

34th Cesky Den Schedule 2016


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.

Color Run details at Cesky Den

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.

Color Run Conclusion Cesky Den

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.Cesky Den bounce house

Cesky Den petting zoo

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.

Cesky Den Royalty, L to R: 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!

Cesky Den Childrens' 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.

Domaci Dancers of Hillsboro

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!

Cesky Den We Welcome You

Hillsboro 32nd and 33rd Annual Cesky Den Festival


Hillsboro signCzech Capitol crest

Firemans Park Entry

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.

Cesky Den Button

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.

Fireman's Park Aerial

Here is the view as we go in.

Hillsboro Firemans Park Pavillion

We arrived just as the events were beginning. A Ecumenical church service began, honoring veterans, singing by the Yuba-Hillsboro Czech Singers.

Service at Cesky Den Festival

Here is the backdrop on the stage alone, looks great!

Festival backdrop

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!

Al and Laurie Czech picture

It was great fun watching the Domaci Youth Folk Dancers perform traditional Czech dances. They also had a maypole dance outside. It was windy!

Maypole Dance in Hillsboro

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!

Czech Lady with dolls

Soon it was time for some polka and waltzes performed by Malek’s Fisherman Band from Duncan, Iowa. They are a busy group!

Malek Fisherman band

We had a great time at this festival, we both learned a lot about Al’s heritage as well!



Cesky Den schedule

We were back for the 2nd year to enjoy their festival downtown this time.  The official kickoff was at the Fireman’s Community Center.

After the ceremony we enjoyed lunch at Barbie’s Kitchen, LLC. They served a traditional Czech pork dinner that was out of this world!

Barbie's Kitchen

We also enjoyed 6 dances performed by the Domaci Youth Folk Dancers. Good job!

We were so glad we could return this year too!

Hillsboro – Czech Capitol of Wisconsin

6-15-14 and future visits

“Vitame Vas”  We Welcome You to Hillsboro

Hillsboro signCzech Capitol crest

Hillsboro is a secluded community of just under 1500 in Vernon County, about 90 minutes north of Madison. It is located in the Driftless Area, meaning the glacier missed this area. The town is in what is known as the Cheyenne Valley, a place rich in history.  The Czech immigrants descendants take great pride in their heritage. On the 2nd weekend in June they put on the Cesky Den Festival, complete with Czech food, music and other traditions.  We came to attend this festival and see their historical museum, open Sundays from 1-3 from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.  Upon entering town we saw Hillsboro Riverview Dairy and The Natural Choice Cheese Store.

Hillsboro Riverview Dairy in Hillsboro

Cheese Store sign Hillsboro

Cheese House in Hillsboro

On our right is the historic Municipal building.

Hillsboro Municipal Building

Let’s explore downtown on Water Ave, their main street.

Hillsboro downtown

One of the first things we saw was a display of local art, depicting Hillsboro’s countryside.

Hillsboro Art

Hillsboro art


Quite a few businesses downtown, a Ben Franklin. Also Hillsboro Floral, and Barbie’s Kitchen.

Hillsboro FloralBarbie's Kitchen in Hillsboro, WI

Also Hillsboro Brewing Company, open since 2012.

Hillsboro Brewing Company

Hillsboro is a very patriotic community and honors its veterans with a memorial at Memorial Lake at the edge of town.

Field Vets Memorial Lake plaque in Hillsboro

Hillsboro Vets Memorial


Mt. Vernon Cemetery has a Civil War Memorial.

Civil War Memorial in Hillsboro


A famous Navy Admiral was also born here.

Hillsboro Navy Admiral

Hillsboro also has a proud history of standing up for civil rights. Just across the street from the memorial is a historic marker showing this area also had a settlement of African-Americans in Heritage Park. This area’s isolation allowed them to prosper without fear of persecution.

Cheyenne Settler's Heritage Park

African-American Settlers of Hillsboro


 There is a Cheyenne Valley Heritage Road Tour available if time allows.   We did happen upon a round barn on the way home though. Here is the map of the self-guided tour that you can do. Cheyenne Valley Heritage Road Tour-Hillsboro

Round Barn

We sure had a great day in Hillsboro. The Cesky Den Festival and Museum were wonderful too!