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Festival season underway in Hillsboro
Cesky Den, H.O.P.E. Walk, Lions Dairy Breakfast usher in summer
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June is busting out all over, along with Hillsboro’s traditional festivals that welcome the return of fun in the sun along with plenty of delicious food and drinks.

Cesky Den

The imaginative Czech-loving folks at Cesky Den are kicking off the Summer fun with their 33rd annual celebration on  June 13, and it includes a distinctive “change of pace!”

The one-day festival will be held in downtown Hillsboro with an old-fashioned, outdoor day of fun on Mill Street that will be blocked off and include dancing to the music of  Annie’s Traveling Acoustical Band from Viola, noon-4 p.m., and Scuba Steve’s Rock Band from Green Bay that will begin playing at 4 p.m.

If you would rather enjoy air conditioning while dancing inside, the Firemen’s Community Center is the place to be kicking up your heels.

From noon-2 p.m. and 4-5:30 p.m., Kris and the Riverband Dutchmen from Mankato, Minn. will supply the dancing music on a traditional wooden floor.

The Carl Laack Orchestra will entertain from 2-4 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m. in the Community Center. Whatever you do, don’t forget your dancing shoes!

And, in addition, there will be more fun with Sunshine Entertainment Karaoke from 7-11 p.m.

Cesky Den’s own Domaci Dancers will also be sharing their enjoyable talent in mid-afternoon.

Local Hillsboro restaurants will be providing food, and in between all the dancing, visitors will want to visit the Hillsboro Brewing Company meeting room, where they will enjoy an arts-crafts-quilts show and vest making fun.

The annual Cesky Den button that allows visitors admission is only $10, with those age 12 and under admitted free.

H.O.P.E. Walk

Just one week later, on June 19, the 11th annual H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People Everyday) Walk will be held at the Hillsboro High School track from 6-11 p.m.

In addition to walking around the track in a salute to cancer victims, there will be plenty of opportunities to donate funds to a truly worthy organization.

Visitors and friends of H.O.P.E. can once again Light the Path to Hope with a donation to the Luminary Lighting Ceremony.

Your donation will help light the way around the track with a lighted bag in memory or honor of a beloved cancer patient.

There will also be food, team fundraising, DJ Tom Keller, raffle/silent auction, and games for kids.

Lions Dairy Breakfast

Wrapping up the month will be the 35th Annual Lions Club Appreciation Dairy Breakfast on June 28 from 7-11:30 a.m. at Firemen’s Park.

Those always busy Lions Club members will be serving the world’s best homemade breakfast, featuring pancakes, scrambled eggs, donuts, sausage, mixed fruit, hash browns, cheese, milk, coffee, orange juice. jokes, and plenty of smiles.

The requested donation for the meal is $6 for adults and $3 for children, 10 and under.

In addition, the Lions are asking that visitors please bring a non-perishable food item for the Good Samaritan Food Pantry.

After breakfast, while you are letting all that food settle, you are invited to enjoy many Ag Awareness Activities, including displays, dairy products evaluation, a petting zoo, farm safety quiz, and an identification contest.

Then, take a break and enjoy musical entertainment by the Little German Band, featuring Everett Bradley, Randy Kubarski, and Richard Sebranek from 7- 9 a.m., Hillsboro’s Domaci Youth Folk Dancers at 8, 9, and 10 a.m. and the Warner Creek Bluegrass Extravaganza, featuring Chris Tengblad, Tom Myers, Kenny Hatfield, Joe Havlik, and “special stars,” from 9-11 a.m.

You also don’t want to miss the “People Powered Tractor Pull” at 10 a.m. It’s an exciting event as teams of 10 pull a tractor in a contest of strength sponsored by the Hillsboro Excellence in Education Foundation.