Tabor Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
PO Box 21
Tabor, SD 57063
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CZECH DAYS--These two words are synonymous with fun, music, entertainment, dancing, and traditional Czech foods. The celebration has kept alive the heritage of the early founders of the little South Dakota community who came to Tabor from Czechoslovakia as early as 1869.
Vitame Vas! We Welcome You!
We welcome you to the 69th annual Czech Days Celebration
in Tabor, South Dakota on
June 16-17, 2017
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WELCOME TO THE 68th ANNUAL CZECH DAYS IN TABOR
TABOR BESEDA DANCERS - 238 MEMBERS - DANCING EACH NIGHT
1948-2015 And 143 years of Tabor 1872-2015
-The two words are synonymous with fun, music entertainment, dancing and traditional Czech foods. The celebration has kept alive the heritage of the early founders of the little South Dakota community who came to Tabor from Czechoslovakia as early as 1869.
-What started out to be a small community celebration has grown into an attraction that draws literally thousands of people each year. The little town of 400 people and the surrounding rural community has attracted as many as 10,000 people to Czech Days, its ethnic celebration.
Czech Days has become so popular and so well attended that it was listed in Top Events USA http://www.topeventsusa.com/ as one of the top 10 events to see in South Dakota in 2009. Czech Days was listed as one of the Five 2007 and 2008 Great Events selected by the South Dakota Office of Tourism, one of the top "20" June attractions in the nation according to AAA Travel magazine. The American Bus Association (ABA) in 1999 selected CZECH DAYS in Tabor, South Dakota, as one of the Top 100 Events in North America.
-Thousands of dozens of the tasty Czech pastry, the kolace, are consumed by the visitors. Few go home without taking a dozen or two for the folks at home.
-There is the traditional Czech dance - "The Beseda" performed by 238 dancers in Sokol Park, young and old alike. The dancers dress in their colorful Czech costumes which their relatives in the Czech Republic and Slovakia might dress in. The Beseda Dancers were honored in 1999 during the two day celebration. Eight couples organized the first Beseda dancers in 1936. Members of the first group were Mr. and Mrs. K. L. Szymanski, Mr. and Mrs. Anton Cacek, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Soukup, and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Schuch.
-An added attraction for the past few years has been the Polka Mass at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church. The Mass features area singers and musicians taking part in the Mass with traditional Czech music and songs being enjoyed by the many hundreds of worshipers filling the church.
-Many persons will be taking home fine souvenirs some of which the people of the community have prepared by hand. They have made records and tapes of their own 1890 Band, and initiated a kolace and roll baking demonstration both days in the Information Center.
-There is plenty of toe-tapping polka music being played throughout the celebration. The Keg usually hires special bands to provide "live music" for its customers during the celebration. There is a public dance - with a polka band included on the program for Saturday evening.
-One feature, which always attracts a large crowd, is the colorful parade held on Friday - a parade, free of rain, has the blessing of the weatherman most years. The Kiddie Parade takes place Saturday morning with many children dressed in their Czech costume.
-The second annual Kolache Krawl 5k Run/Walk will take place at 8:00am on Saturday.
COUNTDOWN CALENDARS ONSALE NOW!!!!
DRAWINGS STARTED APRIL 1.
Attention All Tabor Beseda Dancers
Anyone, beginner or non-beginner, who is interested in dancing the Beseda on Czech Days, June 16th or 17th , 2017, please contact Loretta Kortan (463-2320) or Vicky Carda (463-2570) before June 6th. Please leave a message if unavailable.
The beginners who wish to dance must have completed first grade and will be expected at daily practice starting Tuesday, June 6th, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the Tabor Elementary School Gym. Because of the complexity of the dance, all first and second year dancers must attend ALL practices in order to be a participant. No one will dance without previous experience. All dancers are expected to be at practice in Sokol Park on Sunday, June 11th at 10:15 a.m. (Call ahead if you have a conflict.)
Just a reminder concerning the appropriate dress for this dance: Full costume for men and boys: White dress shirt (no T shirt), red tie, red vest, and dark trousers. (no blue jeans)
Full costume for women and girls: White blouse, vest, white apron, red skirt, and flower wreath in hair.
Again because of the large number of participants in the dance, we will not make personal contacts, we ask that you contact either Loretta or Vicky about your intentions.