Czech Fest in Hayward

Czech Fest in Hayward

Nov 30, 2016

Mila Anderson, Amy Krikava, and Orli Anderson dress up for the festival.

On September 10 and 11, Zare Zapadu No. 44 held the 4th Annual Czech Fest for the community near Hayward, MN. Festivities included two Mollie B. concerts, silent auction, meal, bake sale, Czech dinner, and worship service.

Members of No. 44 were able to utilize Members in Action funds to help make the event a success. They used the money to buy food and eating utensils.

Members enjoyed working together as they planned for the festival. Dr. Joan Krikava and Karen Nyenhuis volunteered to oversee the meal planning, preparation, and bake sale. They were able to make a genuine Czech dinner, with pork, dumplings and sauerkraut, applesauce, rye bread with caraway, and kolache. Others helped with publicity, tickets, silent auction, ground set-up, and parking. It took 40 adult members and 12 YELL! members to organize it over several months. On the weekend of the event, 70 people pitched in to help while wearing their green Western Fraternal Life t-shirts.

Over 600 attendees turned out for the weekend of the Czech Fest, from near and far - including Texas, Nebraska, and even Europe. Visitors were able to enjoy the historic Brick Hall, music from Mollie B. and band, a wooden dance floor, a worship service, and plenty of food. It was a great opportunity to visit with one another. Cafourek Insurance had a booth near the entrance to help attendees learn more about Western.


Janet Svoboda, Ann Estes, and Elise Nyenhuis help with bake sale.

Worship services led by Reverend Jim Krikava.

Hundreds attended the worship service on Sunday morning. Reverend Jim Krikava, also a member of No. 44, led the service with music from Mollie B. Reverend Krikava served as a missionary for 16 years in Eastern Europe, where he helped start four Czech-speaking Lutheran congregations and an English-speaking congregation for expatriates in Prague. Attendees were delighted to sing along with songs like Amazing Grace, rendered beautifully in both Czech and English.

Proceeds from the bake sale and auction were given to the Glenville-Emmons Band Boosters, Girls Volleyball, and a benefit for a recent amputee from the community.

Everyone is encouraged to save the date, September 9 and 10, 2017 for next year's Czech Fest. Mollie B. will return and more details will be shared later.

Category: Members in Action

Cindy Motsinger

Communications Coordinator

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