The MAY that PAYS!

The MAY that PAYS!

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Czech Village Celebrates "Houby Days"

CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Round and round folk dancers went, dressed in the traditional red, blue, and white of the Czech Republic.

“These costumes date back to the 1400s,” said Deb Ziskovsky.

Twenty-two dancers ages five to 15 years old brought the heart of Czech culture to this year’s Houby Days festival.

 “We can bring off some authentic facts for the people to learn as well as have a good time,” said Ziskovsky.

It’s the Czech Village’s 36th year of celebrating all things Czech.

From polka music to perogies, 55 vendors lined the streets of the Czech village to dance, eat, and celebrate the “houby,” that’s Czech for “mushroom.”

“It’s a mushroom festival,” said event organizer Jennifer Pruden. “We incorporate that into some of the breakfast foods and some of the vendors here will be serving that.”

The mushrooms are also judged in a yearly completion.

“There’s smallest, largest, best display, and most unusual,” said Casey Hartman, a judge for the houby contest.

The contest has been putting mushroom against mushroom in a time-honored competition.

“We have a lot down here with the culture, but this is what we look forward to in spring.”

The festival continues through Sunday evening.


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