CEDAR RAPIDS – It literally rained on our parade at this year’s Houby Days in Czech Village, but the annual festival offered many bright spots, as well.
For those most interested in the event’s namesake mushrooms, winners were announced in the morel contest: Team TMT (Tom Slade, Morgan Driscoll and Tyson Gosnell) won both the largest morel and most unusual. The smallest morel award went to Craig Kohl and the best display – an aquarium/terrarium featuring salamanders – was awarded to Mike and Aidan Haugsted of Cedar Rapids.
A new Czech Royal Court also was announced, including Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa, Saddah Hadish (my niece!) of Cedar Rapids.
While the rain dampened the size of the crowds, Czech Village businesses and the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library offered respite from the weather, with the Czech heritage and culture that started the festival 40 years ago remaining strong.
See photos from last year’s Houby Days, when the sun was shining, and more images from Houby Days 2017: