|Dancing at the Oklahoma Czech and Slovak Festival.|
|Dancing with a Czech Queen.|
|All dressed up for the festival.|
The 52nd Annual Oklahoma Czech and Slovak Festival was held on Main Street in Yukon, OK on October 7. The event was a great success. The day began with a parade, followed by dancing, music, Czech royalty, and a wide assortment of authentic Czech food, such as klobása, kolache, knedlicky with sauerkraut, and pork roast.
Members of Jan Zizka No. 67 (Yukon, OK) were involved in all aspects of the festival. Prior to the event, members baked thousands of kolache, cleaned, and set-up tents and seating. The lodge hall was used for a Czech and Slovak royalty pageant the Sunday before the festival.
During the festival, No. 67 members helped out during the day by taking part in the parade, royalty contest, and dancing or singing. Members are part of the Oklahoma Czech Dancers and practiced for months in advance. Members are also part of festival bands, the Bohemian Knights and the Masopust Polka Band.
The festival honored Madeline Hecker as the 2017 Miss Czech-Slovak U.S. She represented Oklahoma at the national competition in Wilber, NE in August. Following the crowning of Oklahoma Czech Royalty, a dance was held at the Yukon Czech Hall to honor them.
If you are in the area, look for the event again next year or enjoy the Bohemian Knights and Masopust Polka Band every other Saturday night at the Yukon Czech Hall.
Special thanks and recognition to No. 67 Secretary Valarie Tlapak-Simmons for providing information about the Oklahoma Czech and Slovak Festival used in this article.
Call 877-935-2467 to speak with a Western Fraternal Life Representative.