Wilson, Kansas is the Czech capital of Kansas.  Every year this small town has a local festival called the Czech Festival.  People from all around the United States drive hundreds of miles to attend it and this small town multiplies in a matter of hours.  In 2010 we will celebrate our 50th annual Czech Festival.   This Festival is the last Friday and Saturday in July, every year.  The activities start Friday in the evening and proceed until Saturday evening.  The Czech Festival Parade is the largest small town parade.  Entry for this parade is very simple.  Some floats in this parade include; floats promoting activities during the Czech Festival, local business floats, high school floats and the emergency resource floats.  Also, the parade includes many nice, antique cars, most of them are locally owned.  Anyone who is a Czech descendant can enter in the Czech Queen Pageant.  The candidates ride on floats in the parade and the winner is announced on Saturday.  Also on Saturday, a tractor pull is held.  The winner and runner-up have a chance to go to the state fair to compete.


All weekend long vendors set up food, crafts, and merchandise you can buy at the Czech Festivals’ Flea Market.  Some items you can buy include;  T-shirts, hats, quilts, personalized car tags, toys, games, etc.  The Beer Garden is set up down the block from the Flea Market.  Here you can socialize and kick back in the shade while you throw down a cold one and enjoy some live music.  The Czech Festival Carnival for kids is on the street behind the Flea Market.  The carnival includes many fun rides for children of all ages!  Around the corner from the Beer Garden a petting zoo is set up also for the kids.  The Flea Market, Beer Garden, carnival and petting zoo go on both days during the Czech Festival.   Throughout these two days there are various sporting tournaments, including; Volleyball, Horseshoes, and Softball for the kids and adults.  So everyone can sign up and enjoy the fun.  Saturday after the parade, there is a car show.  Anyone with an awesome car can enter into this.  Also, an old time band plays polka music all weekend at numerous places.  Another fun thing to do while at the Czech Festival is watch the Czech dancers and the talent show.  The Czech dancers dance right before the talent show.  Persons of any age can sign up to perform in the talent show.  Prizes are determined and awarded to the person with the most talent.   Last but not least for teenagers the Czech Festival has a teen dance with a DJ in the Stop II Shop parking lot.  Glow sticks are sold and everyone boogies.  They don’t forget about the adults either.  They have a polka dance and an old rock band playing in the Opera House.  Numerous times Freddy Fox and The Hot Rods have played at the Czech Festival.  It is always fun for everyone.   So if you don’t know what you’re doing the last weekend of July, come to Wilson, Kansas to enjoy the Czech Festival.  The Wilson Lake is 5 miles away to provide a cool refreshing dip, fishing, camping, boating and many other water activities and sports.

By Haadi