Mac’s Carnival and Attractions on the Midway and the Craft Fair in the school gym kick off the 65th Annual Czech Days celebration beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 20 in Tabor. The eighth annual Rich Schild fireworks display after the Tabor Bluebirds baseball game with Avon in Leonard Cimpl Park will conclude the first day of the Czech Days celebration saluting Vietnam veterans.
Miss Raquel Sutera, 2012 Czech Days Queen, along with Princess McKensie Sedlacek and Prince Bryce Dangler, welcome all visitors to the 65th annual Czech Days celebration at Tabor on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The information center located in the Community Center will be open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. where Czech souvenirs including cook books, kolace baking videos and DVDs, jewelry, tapes, CDs of the Tabor 1890 Band, homemade local Czech crafts, and other items may be purchased. A kolace and roll baking demonstration presented by Ann Beran and her assistants will be held one day only on Friday in the Information Center.
The Czech Days craft show located in the school gym north of St. Wenceslaus church will be open all three days Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. featuring a large variety of crafts. Entry forms may be downloaded from the Czech Days web site at www.taborczechdays.com.
An authentic mini Czech pioneer village and located south of Sokol Park in Vancura Memorial Park was created and is maintained by the Czech Heritage Preservation Society, Inc. It is open to the public both days with walking tours featuring the newly constructed brick paver Heritage Walk and homemade noodles available for sale. Adjacent to the park is the Blachnik Museum, which is also open to the public both days. A special Czech Days Stamp cancellation will be held at the Post Office only on Friday, June 20 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.
Friday activities begin at 10:45 a.m. in Vancura Memorial Park with a memorial service that will be held for deceased members of the Czech Heritage Preservation Society that have passed away during the past year. The Czech Heritage Preservation Society will conduct the memorial service. A non-denominational church service conducted by the Rev. Charles Cimpl will follow in St. John the Baptist Pioneer Chapel also located in the park.
The giant parade will start at 1 p.m. in front of St. Wenceslaus Church led by the 2013 Parade Marshal’s Doug and Claudette Sternhagen. There is no entry fee to enter the parade. Anyone wishing to place an entry in the Czech Days Parade should contact Ken and Colleen Sedlacek, 42911 310th Street, Tabor, SD 57063 or call at (605) 661-2628 or (605) 661-0411 for more information.
Parade entry forms may be downloaded from the Czech Days Web site at www.taborczechdays.com.
The Tabor Chamber of Commerce will furnish loudspeaker systems on each block of the parade for announcement of each parade entry.
Following the parade, Jean Hunhoff and Matt Hunhoff, MC’s will start the opening program in Sokol Park. Included in the opening program will be 2013 Czech Days dedication ceremonies to the late Vi Zdenek Povondra.
Also at 3 p.m. in the Information Center kitchen there will be a Kolace baking demonstration presented by Ann Beran and her assistants.
Free concerts by Dick Zavodny will follow at 4 p.m. followed by a concert from the Gregory Polka Band at 5 p.m.
Starting the free evening concerts at 6:15 p.m. will be the Nase Mala Kapela and Polka Dance-off Contest with Erin Sedlacek as MC. The 2013 Czech Days Queen Talent Contest and Costume Judging will take place at 7 p.m. The Tabor 1890 Band concert will begin at 8 p.m. followed by the famed Tabor Beseda Dancers, 248 members strong, dancing, at 8:30 p.m.
There will be an Outdoor Polka Jam Session at 9 p.m. on the Sokol Park Stage (weather permitting) this will take the place of the dance in Beseda Hall on Friday evening. The Gregory Polka Band will again be featured at the jam session.
Saturday – the kiddie parade begins at 11 a.m. one block east of St. Wenceslaus Church.
The route goes one block south and 1/2 block west and ends up in Sokol Park where all activities take place. Any child who is not yet 12 years of age may participate in the parade. Bring your entry to the start of the parade route by 10 a.m. for assignment of category and number. The categories are: Dolls, Bicycle, Pet, and Miscellaneous.
Parade entry forms may be downloaded from the Czech Days web site at www.taborczechdays.com.
Any child interested in being selected for Czech Days Prince or Princess does not need to participate in the Kiddie parade but must be dressed in a Czech costume such as worn by the Beseda Dancers. The new Czech Days Prince and Princess will be selected by random drawing on the Sokol Park stage following the Kiddie Parade. Boys and girls must be at least 8 years old and not yet 12 years old at the time of the drawing. The contestant should be living in the immediate area as there are parades and other events that they will be expected to participate in.
River City Gymnastics and Cheer competitive teams will be presenting some fun in the sun with music and tumbling at Sokol Park immediately following the kid’s parade on Saturday. River City offers a variety of classes in cheer and gymnastics. They are located out of the Summit Center in Yankton, serving children from the surrounding areas.
Clowns and balloons will be entertaining at 11:30 a.m. followed by introduction of the queen candidates and the Kiddie Parade awards, followed by the crowning of the 2013 Czech Days Prince and Princess by the 2012 Royalty, Princess McKensie Sedlacek and Prince Bryce Dangler.
The sanctioned pedal tractor pull competition will take place at 1:30 p.m. on the street south of Sokol Park with the pull being run by Chad Stevicks and the C & D Pedal Pullers.
Dick Zavodny Band will be providing music in Sokol Park starting at 3 p.m.
The Czech Polka Mass will take place at 5 p.m. in St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church featuring Tabor Area Czech Singers and Musicians providing Czech singing and music.
The Bon Homme High School Bohemian Band will perform at 6:15 p.m. followed by the Tabor 1890 Band concert followed at 7:30 p.m. by the Tabor Beseda Dancers performing at 8:30 p.m. Completing Sokol Park activities at 9 p.m. will be the crowning of the 2013 Czech Days Queen and Tabor 1890 Band providing the music for the Coronation Ball in Beseda Hall concluding the 65th Annual Czech Days celebration at 9:30 p.m.
For additional information contact the Tabor Area Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 21, Tabor, SD 57063-0021; telephone, (605) 463-2478; log on to http://www.taborczechdays.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.