Czech Days: History & Behind the Scenes Trivia
June 12th, 2018 By Cindy Mason
Vitame Vas is Czech for “We Welcome You”!
Tabor has been welcoming thousands of visitors to Czech Days for the last 70 years to enjoy this celebration of Czech heritage and traditions.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Czech Days was originally held on Monday & Tuesday before it changed to Friday & Saturday.
- Over two thousand dozen of the tasty Czech pastry, the Kolace, are consumed by visitors.
- A Kolache and Roll Baking Demonstration was added after the 50th Czech Days celebration.
- The Beseda Dancers started with one group of four couples and now 24 circles of four couples perform at Czech Days. 237 dancers performed in 2017.
- Beseda means “gathering together” in Czech.
- Since the dance is quite complicated, dancers must practice for 2 weeks before the annual celebration.
- Dancers dress in colorful Czech costumes which their relatives in the Czech Republic and Slovakia might have worn.
- The first Czech Days Queen was crowned in 1952.
- As many as 10,000 have attended a two day event in a town of only 400.
- Czech Days is listed as one of the “Top 20” June attractions in the nation by AAA.
- Consul General of the Czech Republic, Mr. Borek Lizec from Chicago, will be in attendance at the 2018 Czech Days.
- Many souvenirs are handmade by Tabor residents.
- There are Geocaching Sites in and around Tabor with special hidden caches.
- Polka, Polka, Polka: Polka Dance-Off, Polka Mass and live Polka band at the public dance.
- Aesli Grandi, a Tabor native and 1997 Czech Days Queen who works for a production company in California, brought a film crew to Czech Days in 2007 to document the event. www.tabormovie.com
- L.A. Cimpl suggested that Tabor’s Commercial Club sponsor an annual celebration to begin August 30, 1941 and name it “Czech Days”. In 1942 the event held July 13-14 was called “Flag Days”. In 1948 the event on June 5-6 is recorded as Czech Days, the first time the name is known to have been used since back in 1941. And, of course, that has been the name ever since.