Dozinky preparations are underway

With Dozinky less than two months away, preparations are underway for the city’s annual Czech Harvest Festival, which will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 20 and 21.

The New Prague Chamber of Commerce is in charge of the annual fall festival, and this year’s Dozinky includes expanded hours on Saturday. AStreet Dance will be held Saturday evening, from 7 to 11 p.m. The band “Under the Covers” will be playing at the stage by the Chamber Beer Garden on Central Ave. N.

While the Saturday street dance is new, there will be plenty of returning favorite events for this year’s Dozinky Festival, which is in its 29th year.

The weekend festivities begin with the annual Cruise Night on Friday, Sept. 20, with Classic cars 20 years or older parading along New Prague’s Main Street and through the countryside. The cruise is being organized by the New Prague Rotary, and staging will take place at the Central Education Campus parking lot.

Following the cruise, the chamber will hold a Friday evening street dance, featuring the band “Nudge.” The traditional Dozinky Festival, a celebration of the ethnic and agricultural heritage of the area, takes place on Saturday, with many of the favorite activities from past years. This includes food booths featuring Czech, German and other ethnic favorites all along the downtown area, as well as booths featuring hand crafted items. The Czech Heritage Club will again host its Czech Village, with music, Czech crafts and demonstrations. there will be a variety of bands playing music at three different stages during the course of the day. Among the musical entertainers will be Little Chicago, Water’s Edge, the New Prague Area Community Band, the Zurah German Band, the New Prague Concertina Club and Russ Dietz and the Stray Cats, among others.

The Parade of Farm Pride begins at noon on the east end of town. This year’s grand marshals are Dr. Mike and Kay Wilcox. The parade features a number of antique tractors and farm implements that showcase the agricultural heritage of the area.

Kristy Mach, executive director of the New Prague Chamber, said there are still spots left, but they are going fast. Anyone interested in entering a unit in the parade can call the chamber office at 952-758-4360.