CEDAR RAPIDS – It’s been a fun weekend to be Czech, or at least spend time in Czech Village, where the annual Houby Days festival is taking place.
Houby, the Czech word for mushroom, takes center stage during the celebration, along with other Czech traditions, such as the Parade of Kroje, or folk costumes.
Trophies were awarded for smallest, largest, most unusual, and best display of morel mushrooms, those rare, seasonal treasures found in wooded parts of the state. Lou Thompson, owner of the Village Meat Market & Cafe, where the contest took place, promised to post photos with the largest morel winner, who had to leave early (or perhaps didn’t want to risk leaving his valuable mushroom on display??)
Find photos of the other winners here, along with more images from the event, which continues on Sunday, May 19, 2013.