The 37th Annual Houby Days is May 16-18, 2014 in Czech Village. The Czech Village Association’s annual spring festival celebrates the history and culture of Czech Village in Cedar Rapids. Houby (pronounced HOE-bee) is Czech for mushrooms.
The event kicks off on Friday evening, May 16, with artisan vendors, a carnival and live music by Brass Transit Authority. The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) will host a Taste of Czech dinner.
Saturday morning will begin with an egg and houby breakfast at Smugglers Wharf and a flag raising ceremony at the Kosek Bandstand by the Palo American Legion Post 679. Throughout the day, enjoy Czech music, song and traditional folk dance as you wind your way through the Village shops and artisan vendors. New this year is a plant sale! Register for the Houby contest at the information tent. The carnival and Saturday’s car show will be sure to appeal to all ages. St. Wenceslaus Church will host a polka mass at 4 p.m. and a Pork and Dumpling dinner from 5-7 p.m. The Beaker Brothers Band headlines the Kosek Bandstand on Saturday evening.
The egg and houby breakfast is back on Sunday morning at Smugglers Wharf. Sunday is Kids Day featuring children’s games and crafts beginning at 11 a.m., cabbage roll races, the Hawkeye Pedal Pull, and the Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre Company. An all ages costume walk begins on the NCSML steps at 3 p.m. The live music, plant sale, vendors and carnival continue throughout the day.
Commemorative buttons are on sale now at Czech Village area businesses. Purchase one today for the chance to win cash or prizes and to support the Houby Days festival!
A complete event schedule can be found soon at www.czechvillagecedarrapids.com<http://www.czechvillagecedarrapids.com>.