The Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa Pageant will be held on March 16, 2014 in conjunction with the St. Joseph’s Day Dance in Walford, Iowa. This is a change from previous years when the pageant was held during Houby Days. Young women between the ages of 16 and 26, un-wed, possessing a Czech or Slovak lineage, and that have completed the application process will compete. The winner of the Iowa pageant will receive prizes, scholarship funds, and will qualify to compete in the National Pageant in Wilber, Nebraska in August.
The Pageant is composed of four areas of competition that will illustrate each young woman’s capability to represent her Czech or Slovak heritage: private interview, on-stage interview, talent performance, and kroj (traditional Czech or Slovak folk dress) modeling.
Part of the pageant judging will be held at the Teahen Chapel across from the Ponderosa Ballroom in the morning at 10:45 AM on Sunday, March 16 beginning with the private interview. Following dinner for the candidates, visiting queens, guests, judges, and helpers, the candidates will perform their talent. The on-stage interview, kroj modeling, and the crowning ceremony will take place in the afternoon at the ballroom. Music will be provided by Barefoot Becky & the Ivanhoe Dutchmen. The dance will be held from 2:00 – 6:00 PM. The two pageant judging events will take approximately 15 minutes followed by more music and dancing. Door prizes, a raffle & bake sale will be held at the dance. Continue reading
The Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa Pageant announces its search for its 2013-2014 queen! As part of the longest-running cultural pageant in the United States, women aged 16-26 compete for the title of Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa at the St. Joseph’s Day Dance in Walford, Iowa in March. The competition includes a public and private interview, a talent competition, and a kroj modeling competition.
The winner of this pageant receives over $500 in prizes, and goes on to represent the state of Iowa in the National Miss Czech-Slovak Pageant held in Wilber, NE where she competes for a national title and over $10,000 in prizes. Throughout the year, she will attend events in the local and regional Czech communities.
Are you or is someone you know interested in competing? Applications must be postmarked by February 15! For more information, and to apply, please download the Miss Czech-Slovak IA Application Form.
Dalynn Pokorny and Victoria Night were crowned Little Sisters at the annual CHF pot-luck picnic held at the National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library on August 13, 2013. Little Sisters Dalynn and Victoria received their crowns, sashes, wrist corsage, and a gift bag. The Little Sister Iowa Program was designed to encourage young girls to become interested in and involved in their Czech heritage. Dalynn and Victoria will participate in a variety of events, festivals, dances, parades along with the CHF Prince and Princess and the Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa.
Also present at the crowning were Princess Kelsey Pokorny and out-going Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa Holly Stepanek. All royalty present modeled their kroj and introduced their parents.