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Czech it out: 65th annual celebration starts Thursday in Tabor

Doug and Claudette Sternhagen, of Tabor, are this year's Czech Days parade marshals. (courtesy of Czech Days publicity)

TABOR -- The 65th Annual Czech Days celebration starts Thursday in Tabor and lasts through Saturday.

The 2013 Czech Days Queen candidates are Mariah Kostal, daughter of Bernie and Tania Kostal, of Tyndall; and Kelsey Sutera, daughter of Rich and Krista Sutera, of Tabor. The winner will be crowned at 9 p.m. Saturday in Beseda

Miss Raquel Sutera, 2012 Czech Days Queen, along with Princess McKensie Sedlacek and Prince Bryce Dangler, will be present throughout the weekend.

This year's event will be dedicated to the late Violet Zdenek Povondra during ceremonies that start at 3 p.m. Friday.

A native of Bon Homme County, "Vi" Povondra was involved as a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Tabor, serving as the church organist. She also played accordion in a polka band and participated in the Czech Plays throughout her life. Her community involvement also included the Altar Society and volunteering at Czech Days.

She died June 16, 2000, at NHS/Clarkson/University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., during Czech Days.

On Friday, people interested in receiving a special Czech Days Stamp Cancellation may visit the post office. This year's design was created by Megan Burbach, of Tabor. Coming in second place in the competition was Amy Petrik, of Tyndall; third place was Justin Ave, of Tabor.

The actual stamp cancellation be from 8 a.m. to noon Friday in the post office. Or, send a stamped, selfaddressed envelope No. 10 size and $1.50 for each cancellation requested to Tabor Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 21, Tabor, S.D., 57063.

The Tabor Chamber of Commerce also announced the selection of Doug and Claudette Sternhagen, of Tabor, as the 2013 Tabor Czech Days parade marshals. They will lead the Czech Days Parade, which starts at 1 p.m. Friday.

Doug, the son of John and Elizabeth Sternhagen, was raised on a farm near Tabor.

In 2003, he met and married Claudette Thoene from Hartington, Neb. In the past 10 years, the Sternhagens volunteered for St. Wenceslaus Parish, Czech Days and helped with painting in the parks.

A craft show in the school gym will start Thursday, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., and last from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Entry forms may be downloaded from the Czech Days website at

The information center, located in the community center, will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Schedule of events, Thursday:

• Mac's Carnival and Attractions on the midway and the craft fair in the school gym kick off the event at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.

• Eighth-annual Rich Schild fireworks display after the Tabor Bluebirds baseball game versus Avon in Leonard Cimpl Park.


• Czech Pioneer Village and Museum, south of Sokol Park in Vancura Memorial Park, is open to the public both days with walking tours available. Adjacent to the park is the Blachnik Museum, open to the public both days.

• A Memorial Service for deceased members of the Czech Heritage Preservation Society at 10:45 a.m. in Vancura Memorial Park. The Czech Heritage Preservation Society will conduct the memorial service.

• Parade at 1 p.m. in front of St. Wenceslaus Church. No entry fee to enter. Anyone wishing to place an entry should contact Ken and Colleen Sedlacek, 42911 310th St., Tabor, S.D., 57063, or call at (605) 661-2628 or (605) 661-0411. Entry forms may be downloaded from the Czech Days web site at

• Kolace and roll baking demonstration at 3 p.m. Friday in the information center, presented by Ann Beran and her assistants.

• Free concerts by Dick Zavodny at 4 p.m., followed by a concert from the Gregory Polka Band at 5 p.m.

• Nase Mala Kapela and the Polka Dance-Off Contest at 6:15 p.m.

• The 2013 Czech Days Queen talent contest and costume judging at 7 p.m.

• The Tabor 1890 Band concert at 8 p.m., followed by the Tabor Beseda Dancers at 8:30 p.m.

• Outdoor Polka Jam Session at 9 p.m. on the Sokol Park Stage.


• Kiddie Parade at 11 a.m., one block east of St. Wenceslaus Church. Any child not yet 12 years of age may participate. Entry forms may be downloaded from the Czech Days website at Bring your entry to the start of the parade route by 10 a.m.

• Music and tumbling by River City gymnastics and cheer competitive teams at Sokol Park immediately following the kid's parade.

• Clowns and balloons at 11:30 a.m., followed by introduction of the queen candidates and the Kiddie Parade awards. 2013 Czech Days Prince and Princess crowned, following announcement of Kiddie Parade awards.

• Pedal tractor pull competition at 1:30 p.m. on the street south of Sokol Park.

• Dick Zavodny Band at 3 p.m. in Sokol Park.

• Czech Polka Mass at 5 p.m. in St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, featuring Tabor area Czech singers and musicians.

• Bon Homme High School Bohemian Band at 6:15 p.m., followed by the Tabor 1890 Band at 7:30 p.m.

• Tabor Beseda Dancers at 8:30 p.m.

• 2013 Czech Days Queen crowned at 9 p.m. in Beseda Hall.