51st Anniversary Oklahoma Czech Festival – 2016
The Oklahoma Czechs Inc. are really excited about it being our 51st year. We are making plans for a larger and better festival this year. There will be a lot of new things happening that day, and in the weeks before.
We are planning on baking more kolaches so that everyone has a chance to get the delicious pastry that we are famous for.
We want to thank the City of Yukon, the surrounding communities and the Yukon Chamber of Commerce for all their help in the past, and we are looking forward to their help in the future, this year and many more to come.
Oklahoma Czechs Inc.
Thousands are expected to turn out for the annual Czech Festival, always held the 1st Saturday in October. Festival goers will literally get a taste of Czech culture including food, music, dancing, traditional costumes and imported merchandise.
“The Czech Festival is our way of preserving and sharing of the old Czech customs along with providing a part of the traditional Czech foods, so dear to the people of Czech decent,” said Marjorie Jezek, President of the Oklahoma Czech Inc. “These customs and food recipes have been handed down from generation to generation.”
The festival officially kicks off at 10 a.m. with one of the state’s largest parades on Main Street in Yukon, a stretch of Historic Route 66. Oklahoma Czech Royalty Pageant contestants will be featured in the parade along with Czech dancers, local businesses, civic and youth groups.
Following the parade, festivities shift to the Oklahoma Czech Building on 5th Street, one block north of Main Street. A variety of family entertainment will be provided throughout the day including polka music, dancing, carnival rides, a petting zoo and a top-rated craft show with more than 150 booths. Traditional Czech foods including kolace pastries, klobasy sandwiches and bread will also be available for purchase. The Czech Festival concludes with the Oklahoma Czech Royalty Coronation Ball at the Czech Hall, south of I-40 on Czech Hall Road (aka Cornwell Drive).
Parade on Main Street – Route 66
The Parade on Main Street (Route 66) starts at 10:00 AM on Czech Day, October 3 at the corner of Main and Garth Brooks Ave. It proceeds East on Main to the Railroad tracks where it ends. The procession lasts about one and a half hours.
Main Street closes at 7am on Sat morning