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Czech Days brings thousands to small South Dakota community

Updated: Jun. 17, 2021 at 12:50 PM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - A small South Dakota town is gearing up for a big event. Czech Days will be taking place in Tabor June 17-19.

With a full midway, authentic food, and traditional dancing, the event brings in thousands from near and far.

“It is tremendous to see the number of people that are here during Czech Days, that travel from all over the world even,” Mark Povondra, one of the general chairman for Czech Days, said. “We usually have visitors from at least 17 to 18 different states on a normal year of Czech Days.”

Each year Tabor celebrates Czech Days, in honor of the community’s rich Czech heritage.

Part of that Czech heritage is found at St. Wenceslaus Church. The parish, founded in 1871, is 150 years old, and a key part of the town’s history.

During Czech Days, mass looks a bit different than usual, as the community comes together for what they call Czech Polka Mass.

“It really gets people excited about their faith, and the music is beautiful,” Father Mark Lichter said.

Another Czech Days tradition is to appoint a Czech Days Queen, along with a Prince and a Princess.

“Royalty really serves as the face of Czech Days,” Czech Days Queen Sydney Kubal said.

Kubal, the current Queen, grew up on a farm just outside Tabor and has been coming to Czech Days for as long as she can remember.

She says to wear the same crown her sister and her cousin wore before her is a dream come true.

“It’s been super special to me that I’ve been able to carry on that tradition within my family, and it’s just such a surreal experience,” Kubal said.

Because Czech Days was canceled last year due to the pandemic, Kubal has been the only Queen to reign for two years. Even though she’ll be passing on her crown this weekend, she says it’s great to have Tabor’s biggest event back.

“Our town just lights up,” Kubal said. “We love when visitors come, and everyone is welcome at Czech Days.”

For more information about Czech Days, click here.

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