Thursday, August 3, 2017

Czech Out Wilber This Weekend

The first weekend of August is nearly here and area residents will soon be headed to the annual Wilber Czech Days Festival, one of Saline County's most noted and celebrated events -- and a tradition since John F. Kennedy was president.

This year's theme for the festival: "150 Years of Czech Pioneers in Nebraska." 

Readers in Wilber tell us town officials have spent months preparing for the 2017 National Czech Festival (Thurs., Aug. 3 through Sunday, Aug. 6).

Every year at this time, the population of Wilber swells to as many as 50,000 as folks traverse from miles around to celebrate their own Czech ancestry or just to pay tribute to some of the county's early pioneers and traditions. 

The community of approximately 1,700 has been the official Czech capital of Nebraska since 1963 -- and of the United States since 1987.  

See the 2017 Czech Days schedule at

This year, Czech Days activities will include a free dance at Hotel Wilber, Czech bingo, the accordion jamboree, a sand volleyball tournament, a children's parade, an art show, dance contest, Czech dinners, museum tours, quilt show, Czech heritage demonstrations, and the sounds of various polka bands.

The official Czech Days' parade starts at 2 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The Miss Czech-Slovak U.S.A. Queen Pageant begins at 7 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday at the outdoor theater.  

If you go, have fun and be safe.  And if you speak Czech, just tell them: Ahoj k├ímo! (Hello, friend!)

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