St. Wenc Festival is Aug. 9-10

The annual St. Wenceslaus Church festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9 and 10, on the church grounds in New Prague.

This is the second year of a two-day format for the festival. The Saturday events for this year's festival will be expanded to include a euchre tournament and a street dance.

Saturday's activities include a 5 p.m. Polka Mass followed by a Texas Hold 'Em and Euchre tournament and live entertainment. Ice cream floats and grilled brats and hot dogs will be served, with an ice cream stand and beer garden close by. Festivities also include teen and family games, a candy shop and baked goods area.

Two Polka Masses will be held at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, along with a grilled chicken dinner served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased after Mass on Saturday and from 7 a.m. until they are sold out on Sunday. A hot beef bar will also be available from noon to 6 p.m.

Various booths will offer homemade canned and baked goods for purchase, as well as a wide variety of handmade craft items such as quilts, rugs and towels.

In addition to a wide variety of stands offering raffle items throughout the festival grounds, there will be a country store with fresh garden vegetables. There will be games and entertainment all afternoon, including bingo and live musical entertainment. Ice cream, floats, kolackies and strudel are some of the goodies that will be served.

The festivities conclude at 6 p.m. Sunday with a drawing for $2,000 in cash prizes.

Christmas in August

The Sewing and Craft Booth at this year's festival will have a Christmas in August theme.

Along with Christmas items such as wreaths, centerpieces, pine trees and ornaments, the booth will also feature rugs made by Betty Bisek and Lillian Havlicek. Sewing booth Chair Dorothy Orr said Bisek has been making rugs for the festival for more than 40 years. Orr noted embroidered dishtowels are also a favorite item along with aprons, dish cloths, baby blankets and much more.

This is also the fifth year of the silent auction. There will be 20 to 25 items, many made by the parishioners. People can place bids from noon Saturday, Aug. 9, to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10.

Orr said for the past 12 years the sewing booth has featured something different and interesting.

The booth will be located in the Parish Activity Center, near the west entrance and will be up and running at noon Saturday, Aug. 9, and 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10.

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