2022 Czech Days Queen Drew Hejna
Hello everyone, my name is Drew Hejna, and your 2022-2023 Tabor Czech Days Queen. On top of my title, I am honored to have been awarded the oratory and onstage interview, heritage and community involvement, and kroj awards.
My Prince Colin Kubal and Princess Elsie Pavel are alongside me on my court. Colin's favorite color is red, and he is most excited about our visit to South Dakota's State Capitol. Elsie's favorite color is pink, and she loves to go on vacation!
I am the daughter of Andrew and Erin Hejna; I have two siblings, one older brother Anton, and one younger sister Reese. Just this past May, I graduated from Bon Homme High School. In the Fall, I will attend the University of South Dakota to major in kinesiology and sports medicine.
One of my goals for this coming year is to share my journey and experiences on this platform as the current reigning Tabor Czech Days Queen. In this blog, I hope to include my travels and various Czech traditions I implement in my daily life!
August 5-7th Wilber, NE
On the first weekend of August, I had the opportunity to travel to the Czech Capitol of the World; Wilber Nebraska!
The festivities started with a presentation given by Kim Znamenacek about sewing of traditional kroje and visiting various museums about kroje. I found this particularly fascinating as I am working on a new kroj! I then got to partake in bandstand introductions with the visiting royalty. Following this, we all attended the queen's reception, where I got to know many of the 2022-2023 visiting royalty. I can't wait to spend more time with these wonderful ladies over the next year! Afterward, I rode through both parades in our family's Roadster, waving to everyone! The Wilber Czech Festival also hosts the Miss Czech-Slovak US Pageant, and I watched our very own Miss Camille Sykora compete for the national title. She did an excellent job representing our community and walked away with the Spirit Award! I do not doubt that the national court will do amazing things this year!
I had such a wonderful time in Wilber celebrating our Czech heritage and I cannot wait to be back representing our state in 2023!
~ Queen Drew
July 24th Montgomery, MN
On Sunday, July 24th, I traveled to Montgomery, Minnesota, the "Kolacky Capital of the World", to celebrate our Czech heritage. I started my trip off by attending the Queen's Brunch. There, I met many of the young women who represent the state of Minnesota, including the current Miss Czech-Slovak Minnesota, Marisa DeVito-Winget. I also say Sarah Holicky, Miss Czech-Slovak Minnesota 1st Princess, whom I met earlier this year. It is wonderful to speak with other young women who share a similar passion for representing their community. After, I rode through their huge parade with my fantastic drive, Andy. I then went to Memorial Park, where I toured their historic settler's log cabin, watched the beautiful St. Paul Czech and Slovak Dancers and the Kolacky Eating Contest. To wrap up my day, I enjoyed the jitrnice meal along with the infamous kolacky. I had such a wonderful time in Montgomery and am so thankful for their hospitality. I can't wait to go back in 2023!
July 16th, 2022- Viborg, SD
On July 16th, we celebrated Danish culture and shared our Czech heritage with the people of Viborg, SD. We rode through a fun and interactive parade, waving to all. After, I visited the Daneville Heritage Museum, where I was met with an impressive collection of Danish artifacts. My favorite exhibit was the traditional Danish dress. I found it interesting that the Danish folk dress has many aspects that are similar and different to our kroj. While visiting the museum, I got to vote on their apron decorating contest. There were many hand-embroidered aprons that all deserved to win! In addition, I was gifted a beautiful ceramic pin from the museum, which can be found on my sash. After, I tasted some Danish delicacies, I tried rolepolse for the first time! It is a traditional Danish cold-cut sandwich with a piece of pork belly that is flattened out and spread with different herbs and seasonings. And of course, I had it with a Danish dessert. I truly enjoyed my time in Viborg celebrating the Danish culture! Až příště!
Till next time!
July 4th, 2022-Menno, SD
Since my crowning, my royal court and I have attended one parade in Menno, SD to celebrate Independence Day! The 4th was filled with great pride for our wonderful country. We are honored to represent the Tabor Community and cannot wait for the opportunities this year holds for us! Až příště!
Till next time!