Czech heritage is celebrated during two events that coincide in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018.
The St. Wenceslaus Czech Goulash Day, held at the church at 1224 Fifth St. SE, features kolache sales, raffles of a quilt, $1,000 cash and other prizes, bingo, live music, games and the popular Czech goulash meal with rye bread. The annual event begins with a 10:30 a.m. Mass with Czech hymns.
Czech Plus performs at 11:45 a.m.; Mike Lasack and his Rhythm-Aires at 1:30 p.m.; the Iowa Accordion Club at 3:30 p.m. and Svetlusky dancers at 1:15 and 3:15 p.m. Festivities end at 5 p.m.
Just across the Cedar River, CzechFest is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the historic Czech Village on 16th Avenue SW.
The event features live music, hayrack rides, a scarecrow contest, 50/50 raffle, broom hockey and more.
Businesses will be open in the district, along with food vendors.
The Czech Heritage Foundation’s Czech Royal Court is scheduled to appear at both events.