Prague Kolache Festival scheduled for May 7

Special for the News-Star

The Prague Kolache Festival is back after a two-year cancellation due to the pandemic. Everyone is welcome to attend and celebrate the Czech heritage of the community with many activities. The main red light street at Prague Park will be blocked off for the festival with plenty of food stalls and a grandstand where entertainment will take place all day.

Kolaches will be available at the festival souvenir stand located near the grandstand and several food stalls.

A firefighters’ challenge will take place immediately after the 11:00 parade with the participation of 5 cities. It will be one block west of the stoplight on Mitacek.

Two new events this year include a Kids Tractor Pull for ages 4-12 at 2:00 p.m. on Main Street, just west of the stoplight. In addition, a Klobaznek eating contest is at 2:00 p.m. at the grandstand.

There will be a car, truck and bicycle show in the park, a carnival, Czech Prague folk dancers, polka bands and an arts and crafts show in the park.

A contest of Czech costume judges will kick off the events at 9am at the grandstand. A food and drink contest is held at Park Pavilion #1 beginning at 9:30 a.m. The contest is for homemade kolaches, bread, klobase, beer, and wine. Everyone is welcome to participate, just bring your creations to the pavilion to be judged.

A Beer Garden is located on Main Street near the Sonic and the city’s own Prague Pilsner will be available there with Budweiser. A DJ will provide the music.

The Czech Beseda Dance will be performed at 5:30 p.m., followed by the Coronation of Czech Royalty at 6:00 p.m.

You won’t want to miss the Polka Street Dance starting at 7:00 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 at 10:00 p.m. in the park, available for viewing from Main Street.

Free designated parking is located at the Middle School west of town on Hwy 62 (Main Street). There will be a shuttle service to the grandstand all day. Everyone is asked to leave their pets at home.

The parade is not canceled in case of rain. If it rains, the Coronation of Royalty and Polka Dance will be moved to the Westlawn Community Center.

For more information, visit the website or call the festival office at 405-567-4866.

Berta D. Wells