56th Annual National Czech Festival in Wilber, This Weekend

BEATRICE – The Saline County community of Wilber is gearing up for their 56th Annual National Czech Festival, Friday through Sunday.

Campers began arriving Monday to pick out choice spots at a local campground and along the highway through town.

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Wilber Mayor Roger Chrans says a lot of volunteer and business support goes into putting on the festival, each year.

The Czech festival features Saturday and Sunday parades at two p.m. each day, along with a huge list of other activities.  Sheryl Kastanek, with the Nebraska Czechs of Wilber and the Wilber Chamber of Commerce, says residents always seem to do their part to put on the best face, for visitors coming to town.

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One of the guests will be Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale, who will serve as Grand Marshal of the Czech celebrations parades, this year. Kastanek says Gale was instrumental in helping the community to establish the well-known Czech dancing couple, as the logo of the Nebraska Czechs of Wilber.

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Gale earlier announced that he will not seek reelection to his position as Secretary of State.

Pre-festival activities include a beer garden and free dance at the Hotel Wilber, Thursday night, before the first full-day of events Friday.

A children’s parade marches through the downtown Friday night, at seven.  Czech music, food, arts displays and Czech dancing will be featured throughout the weekend.   The National Miss Czech-Slovak pageant will have ten contestants competing for the crown this year.

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