The annual Prague Kolache Festival is being held today as the community welcomes visitors to town to experience its Czech heritage with folk dancing, polka bands, food and the stunning Czech costumes. Activities are along Main Street and in the City Park.
Polka bands will be playing and lots of dancing taking place. Colorful folk costumes can be viewed with their bright colored embroidery of hearts, flowers other designs, as well as sparkling sequins and rhinestones accenting the design work. The costumes are worn to celebrate the 116th birthday of the community and the 59th annual festival.
A Czech Costume Judging Contest will kick off the events at 9 a.m. at the grandstand for everyone to enjoy. Following the costume contest is the Prague Czech Folk Dancers and then the Opening Ceremony featuring Generald Wilson, well-known singer of the National Anthem. He will also sing a patriotic song. Guests from the Czech Republic will be introduced at the grandstand, also.
"American Grown with Czech Roots" is the theme for the 2018 Prague Kolache Festival Parade and all floats will depict this subject. The parade starts at 11 a.m.
The Arts & Crafts show at the city park opens at 9 a.m. and a polka band will play at the park gazebo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If you have ever wondered the difference from a plane ride to a helicopter ride, here is you chance to find out. Helicopter Rides will be available for an aerial view of the community. The rides are available all day starting at 10:30 a.m. at $40 per person. Shuttle golf carts will offer transportation to the landing site, which is on Westlawn south of the high school.
There will be 21 food and snack booths lining Main Street providing everything from Czech klobase (spicy sausage), the Czech sweet roll kolaches with a fruit filled center, to barbecue meats, fried catfish, corndogs, Indian tacos, roasted corn, homemade root beer, fry bread, panini sandwiches, chicken on a stick, smoked turkey legs, funnel cakes, homemade ice cream and deep fried Oreos.
Czech crystal vases, crystal stemware, perfume bottles, Czech garnet jewelry and Czech trim and ribbon are available at park pavilion #2 behind the grandstand.
A fantastic Car, Bike & Truck Show will be set up in the City Park north of Pavilion #2 for everyone to enjoy. In case of rain, the car show will be at the Middle School parking lot.
There is a carnival in town as well. There will also be pony rides for children and a mechanical bull for anyone daring enough to try to ride.
A Beer Garden is located on Main Street by the Sonic with favorite dance music by a DJ.
Wine, beer and klobase makers as well as bread and kolache bakers are invited to submit their entries in the Food & Drink Contest. Entries should be submitted at park pavilion #1 by 9:30 a.m. on festival day.
You don't want to miss the Polka Street Dance from 7-10 p.m. featuring many types of folk dances, with music provided by our favorite polka band, Masapust. The dance is followed by a spectacular fireworks display.
Designated free parking is at the Middle School west of town on Highway 62. The Senior Center Van will shuttle pedestrians from the Middle School to the grandstand all day on Highway 62 (Main Street). There will also be designated shuttle golf carts. Everyone is asked to leave their pets at home. No pets, please.
For additional information visit the website www.praguekolachefestival.com or call the festival office at 405-567-4866.