45th annual Czech Days Aug. 18-20

“Mollie B & Squeezebox” perform Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the main tent.

Organizers are issuing a hearty “Vitame Vas” (Welcome) for Holy Trinity’s 45th annual Czech Days in Protivin, celebrated Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 18-20.

Festivities get under way Friday with a softball tournament beginning at 6 p.m., at Protivin ball park. The Fireman’s Water Ball begins at 6 p.m., at the City Park. “Tim the Music Man” entertains from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Protivin Community Center. There will be fireworks at 9 p.m.

Saturday’s highlights include a volleyball tourney, softball tourney, antique tractor and car show, parade at 10:30 a.m., kid’s inflatables, bingo, cake walk and bean bag tourney. “Barefoot Becky & The Ivanhoe Dutchmen” band will perform in the main tent from 1 to 5 p.m.; “Tim the Music Man” will be at the Community Center from 6 to 8 p.m.; and “The Dweebs” will be in the main tent from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Sunday’s highlights include the softball tourney, a Polka Mass with “Mollie B” at 10:30 a.m.; Community Band in the main tent from 11:30 a.m. to 1 pm.; bingo, kids’ pedal tractor pull and other kids activities, “Mollie B & Squeezebox” performing from 1 to 3 p.m. in the main tent; a cake walk, “Malek’s Fishermen Band” in the main tent from 3:30 to 6 p.m., and the parish raffle and auction in the main tent at 6:30 p.m.

There will be a beer garden in the main tent and ball park during the weekend.

The always-popular Czech favorites will be served throughout the weekend at the Protivin Community Center. Volunteers have been preparing for weeks, reading to serve up such favorites as homemade chicken noodle soup, homemade kolaches, homemade rollickys, homemade creamed chicken, barbecued pork sandwiches, ribeye sandwiches, bratwurst, desserts and more.

For complete schedule and details visit the Czech Days Facebook page, watch for posters in the area, or visit the Christ Our Hope church cluster.

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