Every year the Czech festival takes place in Bechyn, a village north of Redwood Falls.
Czech descendents from across the United States visit Bechyn to celebrate their Czech heritage.
The main focus of the festival is to commemorate and share cultural heritage and remember ancestors who came to America from Czechoslovakia many years ago.
The 22nd annual Czech Heritage Festival will be held – rain or shine – Sunday, Aug. 11 at the St. Mary’s Church grounds in Bechyn.
The festivities begin with the traditional Polka Mass at 10 a.m. An authentic Czech roast pork dinner will be served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
This year’s festival will honor local veterans with a cemetery walk, presented by Dave, Dennis, and Duane Dworshak.
Afterward, stay for an afternoon of entertainment by the Peter & Paul Wendinger Band, Matt Hodek and the Dakota Dutchmen featuring Larry Rysavy & the Out of Town Czechs, by the Sleepy Eye Area Concertina Club, and the Bechyn Czech Folk Dancers.
Watch presentations on the Czech Republic travel experience, and about starting your own family history.
There also will be handcrafted souvenirs, pottery, a farmer’s market, raffle, beer garden, horse and buggy rides and children’s games.
As always, there will be plenty of Czech cuisine.
For more information, call 320-826-2385, or look up the website www.czechfest.com.