Houby Days Brings People Together for Czech Culture

By Nadia Crow, Reporter

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A spring tradition continued Saturday in the Czech Village for the annual Houby Days.

The streets of the Czech Village filled up quickly as people took in the weather, sites and sounds of the annual festival all in honor of Czech history. Attendees reminisced about the songs and memories of the old days.

"I do genealogy for my family. I'm looking for information about my family or the area we came from which is Bohemia," Dean Yarolimek said.

His family of 20 came back to the Czech Village to retrace the footprints of their grandparents who made the U.S. their home after fleeing the country in 1904.

Along with a history lesson, it's also about having fun.

"We started with breakfast, go to the museum, and then back out tonight for the band and malt beverage refreshments," Yarolimek said.

Those attending don't have to be Czechoslovakian to come out and take in the festival.

"I just enjoy the music and seeing everybody and looking at things," Diane Hollandsworth of Cedar Rapids, said.

Arlene Phillips and Diane Hollandesworth said they couldn't pass up a tasty kolache.

With the heritage of a people still preserving their culture, Houby Days came soaring back after the floods, much like the Czech Village.

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