2017-08-06 / Dining & Entertainment

Bannister hosts Czech Harvest Fest today

BANNISTER – The public is invited to the annual Czechoslovak Harvest Festival on Main Street in Bannister on Sunday, Aug. 6. The festival celebrates and preserves Old World heritage and traditions of harvest time in Czechoslovakia.

The day starts with a 10:30 a.m. Heritage Mass at St. Cyril Catholic Church in Bannister. The Mass remembers and honors the Czech and Slovak founding fathers of St. Cyril, as well as all the ethnic groups that make up the parish. Everyone is encouraged to wear costumes representative of their own nationality.

A dinner consisting of breaded chicken, ham, dressing dumplings and cabbage, potatoes and gravy, kolache and all the other trimmings will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adult dinners are $10, $5 for children ages 12 and under, and free for preschoolers.

Chairman Tom Bradley said opening ceremonies will begin at 2:30 p.m. as costumed participants march onto an outdoor platform carrying decorated rakes, wreaths and scythes. Traditional dances and songs will be performed by members of the Bannister ZCBJ Czechoslovakian Folk Dancers, under the direction of Diane Bradley.

There will be free drawings for children’s bikes, as well as drawings for teen and adult prizes. Free games for children will follow the program.

A dance will begin at 4 p.m. with music by the Bill Nemanis Band.

The beer tent will open at noon and food will be available throughout the day.

Admission is free.

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