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Yukon Celebrates 50th Annual Oklahoma Czech Festival

Posted by Sarah on 09/08/2015

Yukon Celebrates 50th Annual Oklahoma Czech Festival

Thousands are expected to turn out for the 50th annual Oklahoma Czech Festival in Yukon Saturday, Oct. 3.  Festival goers will literally get a taste of Czech culture including food, music, dancing, traditional costumes and imported merchandise.  This year the City of Yukon and Oklahoma Czechs, Inc. are working together to make the 50th festival extra special!

“The Oklahoma Czech Festival is our way of preserving and sharing of the old Czech customs along with providing a part of the traditional Czech foods, so dear to the people of Czech decent,” said Marjorie Jezek, President of the Oklahoma Czech Inc.  “These customs and food recipes have been handed down from generation to generation.”

The festival officially kicks off at 10 a.m. with one of the state’s largest parades on Main Street in Yukon, a stretch of Historic Route 66.  Oklahoma Czech Royalty Pageant contestants will be featured in the parade along with Czech dancers, local businesses, civic and youth groups.

Following the parade, festivities shift to the Oklahoma Czech Building on 5th Street, one block north of Main Street. A variety of family entertainment will be provided throughout the day including polka music, dancing, carnival rides and a top-rated craft show with more than 150 arts and crafts booths.  Traditional Czech foods including kolache pastries and klobasy sandwiches and Czech souvenirs will also be available for purchase.  The Oklahoma Czech Festival concludes with the Oklahoma Czech Royalty Coronation Ball at the Czech Hall, south of I-40 and Czech Hall Road. 

In celebration of the 50th Oklahoma Czech Festival, Yukon’s Main Street will be decorated in colorful Oklahoma Czech Festival banners.  There will also be a car show, petting zoo, and Czech clothing and artifacts will be on display.

FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

October 2                5   p.m.          Carnival                    4th & Elm Streets

October 3                8   a.m.          Food Sales                Czech Building

                                                 Craft Show  

                            10 a.m.           Parade                      Main Street

                                                 Carnival                    4th & Elm Streets

                                                 Czech Bands               Czech Building

                                                 And Dancing               5th & Cedar

                            4 p.m.            Czech Royalty             Czech Building

                                                 Coronation                5th & Cedar

                                                 Parade Winners          Czech Building

                                                 Awards                     5th & Cedar

                                                 Ceremony

                            5 p.m.            Czech Dancing      Czech Hall

                                   

Oklahoma Czech Festival History

The Oklahoma Czech Festival began in1966, when the Czech Lodges of Yukon Czech Hall, WFLA Lodge 67 and Sokol Lodge sponsored a festival to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the City of Yukon, a Czech-settled community from the Oklahoma Land Run.  Vitame Vas (We Welcome You) and Sousedska (Get together) were the themes for the first Oklahoma Czech Festival.  These friendly greetings are still themes of the festival today.  The City of Yukon was formally declared the Czech Capitol of Oklahoma by Governor Dewey Bartlett in 1968.

The Oklahoma Czech Festival is one of Yukon’s best events. Optimism, energy and opportunity inspire the best in everything we do.  To learn more about Yukon’s best, visit www.cityofyukonok.gov or call 405-354-1895.