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Czech Heritage festival celebrates 28 years with music, food, fun

By by j.r. ortega/jrortega@vicad.com
Sept. 18, 2013 at 4:18 a.m.

An old book is on display at the Czech heritage museum during a previous Czech Fest.

IF YOU GO

•  WHAT: 28th annual Czech Heritage Festival

• WHEN: 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Sunday

• WHERE: Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St., Victoria

• INFO: For a full list of events, visit victoriaczechs.org.

You don't have to be Czech to party with the rest of 'em - just ask Marjorie Matula.

The Victoria County Czech Heritage Festival will kick off its 28th year Sunday, bringing food, music, history and arts and crafts, said Matula, one of three organizers for the event.

Joe Pustka and Joe Janak also help organize the event, she said.

"It's a fun thing. You don't have to be Czech to come out," she said laughing.

This year, Randy Janak, Shiner Hobo Band, Fritz Hodde and the Fabulous Six and The Red Ravens will be performing on stage.

"They're a really good hit," Matula said.

Jennifer Koll, the 2013 Miss Texas Czech-Slovak Queen, and Faith Wenck, the 2013 Miss Texas Czech-Slovak Little Sister, will join the festivities. Face painting by Balloon People will also join the mix this year.

The Texas State Tarok Tournament also takes place with more $400 in prizes. Tarok is an old card game played by many Czechs and is one of the original events of the festival, Matula said.

There is also a homemade beer and wine show.

To top it off are plenty of kolaches, sausage wraps, an English Mass, auction and plenty of raffles, Matula said.

"We encourage people to come and see how the celebrate," she said.

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