Celebrate the coming of spring at the annual Houby Days Festival May 20-22 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Check out the schedule so you don’t miss your favorite band, the parade, or any of the weekend’s events!
The Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa Pageant invites you to join us on May 21, 2016 beginning at 10:00 AM for the Houby Days Parade with queens and more queens, as we celebrate our milestone year. The pageant’s judged events will take place in the Grand Hall of the National Czech-Slovak Museum & Library.
1:30 PM – Kroj Modeling – Open to the public
1:45 PM – Oratory – Open to the public
2:15 PM – Talent – Open to the public
The evening event is open to the public with purchase of a ticket. It will be held at the Avacentre beginning at 5:00 PM with a social and music hour followed by a dinner/banquet at 6:00 PM. Following a bountiful Czech dinner, Marit Lee Kucera, Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic will give us insight to her position. The audience will meet out-of-state queens, dignitaries, and Czech Royalty, followed by a Parade of Kroje. The past queens will update the guests on life after being a Czech queen. The culmination of the evening will be the coronation of Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa 2016-2017.
Please note ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED for the Dinner/Banquet!
Tickets: $20.00 – Call 319-329-2534 for Reservations
New members of the Czech Royal Court will be crowned in a ceremony during Houby Days 2016 in Czech Village.
The event begins at 11am Sunday, May 22, at the Kosek Bandstand along 16th Avenue SW in Cedar Rapids.
Members of the Royal Court, sponsored by the Czech Heritage Foundation, include the Czech Prince, Czech Princess, Little Brother, and Little Sister. Members of the Royal Court will participate in parades, festivals and other events during the coming year.
The crowning ceremony is free and the public is invited to attend.
You can download entry forms for the 2016 Houby Days Parade and the Cruisin Trashmore Car Show using the links below.
March has been a busy month for the Czech Heritage Foundation’s Royal Court.
Members have participated in the Czech School Chili Supper; the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Cedar Rapids; St. Joseph’s Day Parade through New Bohemia and Czech Village and the St. Joseph’s Day Dance at the Ponderosa Ballroom in Walford.
Ashley Pudil, Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa, along with Czech Little Brother, Lars Landa, and his sister, Ingrid Landa, one of the court’s Czech Little Sisters, also were guests on on radio station Z102.9 to promote the events.
The group will have a well-deserved rest before Houby Days in May, when the new Czech Royal Court will be crowned.
-Cindy Hadish, Czech Heritage Foundation Czech Prince & Princess Program Director