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5/29/2008
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PIERRE, S.D. - Tabor, South Dakota, is set to host Czech Days June 19-21. Czech Days is one of the longest running and best-known Czech Festivals in the United States.

"Celebrating our heritage is something that has allowed us to not only keep our traditions alive, but share those traditions well beyond the Czech community," said Dennis Povondra, with the Tabor Area Chamber of Commerce. "Over the course of 60 years the event has grown into one of the must-see festivals in the region."

With events ranging from parades and carnivals to traditional dance, crafts and foods there are over 30 activities to choose from over the weekend.

"Festivals like Tabor Czech Days epitomize the flavor and the character that make up South Dakotans and their communities," said Richard Benda, secretary of the Department of Tourism and State Development. "Czech Days was named a South Dakota Great Event because of the impact and the success they have enjoyed in celebrating and sharing their heritage with residents and visitors alike."

Tabor, South Dakota, and the surrounding region was settled mainly by Czechoslovakian immigrants over 150 years ago. The Czech Days festival has been named as one of South Dakota's Great Events by the South Dakota Office of Tourism and Economic Development.

Fast Facts:

  • Czech Days started in 1948
  • The community of Tabor swells from 400 to 10,000 during Czech Days weekend
  • The community volunteers hand-make over 24,000 kolaches
  • The traditional Czech costumes are handmade and handed down from generation to generation
  • The Polka Mass at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church provides a unique Sunday experience

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* All photos must be credited to the South Dakota Office of Tourism