Bechyn will hold its annual Czech Heritage Festival this coming Sunday (Aug. 12).
Located 10 miles northeast of Redwood Falls, amid corn and soybean fields, this small rural community has been the home of the Czech Heritage Festival for the past 27 years.
Since the closing of St. Mary’s historic church in 1992, a group of dedicated former parishioners, neighbors and friends have worked diligently to preserve the church, cemetery grounds and memories in the hamlet of Bechyn.
Once a year, on the second Sunday of August, visitors travel to Bechyn to celebrate and remember their ancestors and reconnect with family and friends, but visitors don’t need to be Czech to come enjoy the day.
Those planning this year’s celebration are pleased to announce that the entertainment line up will feature Mollie B and the Jim Busta Band featuring Karl Hartwich. Mollie Busta Lang, is a multi-talented musician and dancer, who hails from a family of small town midwest American entertainers. She has been a featured star on RFD-TV since 2011.
Mollie B has been performing on stage since she was eight years old, playing different instruments and always sharing her love of music.
The afternoon performance will indulge audiences with her unique style and ever present bubbling personality.
Additional afternoon entertainment will include Colton Tupy, a teenage concertina player extraordinaire, along with his band the Sand Creek Connection, the Sleepy Eye Area Con-certina Club and the Bechyn Czech Folk Dancers which will be celebrating its 25th annual performance at this year’s festival.
The Polka Mass, with music provided by Mollie B, will start at 10 a.m., followed by a pork roast dinner served from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Activities throughout the day include a silent auction, farmers market, Bingo, children’s activities, gift shop, beer garden and ethnic foods, including those famous kolache.
The festival is sponsored by St. Mary’s Preservation Association of Bechyn, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and proceeds are used for the preservation of St. Mary’s Church building.
The festival is held rain or shine. Admission is free.
Learn more about St. Mary’s Preservation Association on its Web site at www.BechynCzechFest.org and by liking its Facebook Page.