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  • Kolache Festival held Saturday

  • The annual Prague Kolache Festival will be held this Saturday, May 3. The weather forecast is for temperatures in the 80s with sunny skies.
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  • The annual Prague Kolache Festival will be held this Saturday, May 3. The weather forecast is for temperatures in the 80s with sunny skies.
    The 55th Annual Kolache Festival is held to celebrate Prague’s Czech heritage with stunning and elaborately decorated Czech costumes, folk dancing, polka bands and food. Special guests this year are three Czech Republic delegates from our Sister City of Praha-Vinor.
    Activities start at 9 a.m. with a Czech Costume Contest followed by the Prague Czech Folk Dancers with continued entertainment at the grandstand throughout the day. Special attractions this year are the OU Sooner Schooner driven by the Ruf/Neks that will be in the 11 a.m. parade and then available for photos. There will also be OU Game Day attractions and interactive video games with prizes set up for fun participation at Prague Pharmacy. The United Freestyle Bicycle Stunt Team will have three performances at Ace Hardware on Main Street at 10 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m. New this year is a Show & Shine Car Show located at the 13th Street park, at pavilion 3. There is no pre-entry or fee to display your vehicle.
    The 2014 Kolache King Lucas Ross from KFOR and KAUT will perform at 1 p.m. with his banjo and accordion. Other great entertainment includes the Sammy Mitchell Band at 2:15 and Sac & Fox Tribal Dancers at 4:15. The kolache queen candidates will perform their talent at 3:45.
    Many food booths lining Main Street will provide everything from Czech klobase (spicy meat ring), the Czech sweet roll kolaches with a fruit filled center, to barbecue meats, fried catfish, corndogs, roasted corn, to chocolate dipped bananas and cheesecake.
    An Arts & Crafts show will be in the park along with wine tasting booths and a polka band at the gazebo for entertainment. Czech crystal and jewelry is available at park pavilion #2.
    There is a carnival in town opening on Thursday night for a 3-day run for the young and young at heart to enjoy the many daring rides and games.
    A Beer Garden is located by the Sonic featuring favorite music by a DJ.
    Wine and beer makers as well as bread and kolache bakers are invited to submit their entries in the Food & Drink Contest. Entries must be submitted at park pavilion #1 by 9:30 a.m.
    The Czech Beseda dance is performed at 5 p.m. followed by the royalty crowning at 6 p.m. The new queen, junior queen and princess will be announced at this time. A Kolache Eating Contest will follow the crowning.
    You won't want to miss the Polka Street Dance at 7 p.m. featuring many types of folk dances, with music provided by our favorite polka band, Masupust. The dance is followed by a spectacular fireworks display at 10 p.m.
    Page 2 of 2 - For additional information visit the website www.praguekolachefestival.com or call the festival office at 405-567-4866.
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