BEATRICE – The Saline County community of Wilber will be a buzzing place, this coming Friday through Sunday. The 57th Annual National Wilber Czech Festival gets underway Friday August 3rd, with activities through Sunday.
Long-time volunteer Sheryl Kastanek says the town carries the official designation as the Czech Capital of the U.S.
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Friday’s events include a Children’s Parade on Main Street at seven p.m., and community awards to honor those who have contributed their time and support to the festival.
Vice-President of the Nebraska Czechs of Wilber, Allen Brozovsky is a retired Wilber-Clatonia Public Schools Administrator. He says other Nebraska communities celebrate their Czech Heritage, and while Wilber has the national designation, the Czech communities support each other in what they do.
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The Wilber festival typically draws over 30,000 visitors for the three days, and Kastanek says attendance has hit 50,000, in the past.
Along with polka music, The Wilber-Clatonia Alumni Band, Czech food, culture and dancing, the celebration features Saturday and Sunday parades at two p.m., and the Miss Czech-Slovak U.S. Pageant.