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Cesky Den adds talent show
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Attention all fun-loving folks whether you are actually Czech, or just Czech for a weekend on June 8 and 9 when Hillsboro will celebrate its heritage at the annual Cesky Den festival.

There’s something new coming your way for this year’s celebration at Firemen’s Park, and it features both keen competition and great entertainment.

An all-new Cesky Den “Hillsboro’s Got Talent” show is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. June 9  inside the main building, and you’re invited either on stage or in the audience.

Any form of entertainment is eligible to compete in either the 12-year-old and younger category, or the adult category.

There will be trophies awarded for First, Second, and Third Place winners determined by a panel of three judges.

In addition, there will be a Traveling Trophy engraved with the names of the winners and displayed for a year in a public area in Hillsboro.

The Co-Talent Show Chairs, Bob Kouba and Marissa Beaver, have been working plenty of overtime in organizing the event and are looking forward to the entertaining fun that afternoon.

There are no auditions, entry fees, or “Gongs” (for those who recall that nasty former television show that cut short some of the guests who came up lacking on the talent meter).

This new event promises to be solid fun for those on stage, as well as those in the audience.

If you and your friends would like to share your talent with friends and neighbors, please contact Bob Kouba (489-2681; cell phone 608-548-3268). The entry deadline is June 1.

After the talent show, disk jockey Jacob Olson will supply plenty more music for those visitors who would enjoy listening or dancing to a fine selection of popular recorded tunes.

There will, of course, be plenty of other events scheduled for the Cesky Den weekend, including that great Czech cooking and the always popular Antique Tractor Parade on Saturday  afternoon at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 1:45 p.m.

The first annual Historical Quilt Show will be held in the Gaylor Schroeder Display Building both days. For more information, call Traci Shaker at 489-2746 or Melissa Brey at 489-2779.

In addition, the 4-H and FBLA will host children’s games and banana splits at 2 p.m. both days.

Be sure to come hungry, for both the traditional ethnic dinner and those tractors that are a feast for the eyes of farmers and city folks alike.

However, the polka still reigns at the top of Cesky Den tradition.

The Mark Jinkovec Orchestra from Denmark, Wisconsin will entertain visitors Saturday, as will Orv Konop and the OK Dance Band from Green Bay.

Sunday, Kris and the Riverband Dutchmen from Mankato, Minn., will appear at the Firemen’s Community Center from 1-4 p.m.

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Remember, you don’t have to be Czech to enjoy Cesky Den, but you really have to love fun!