Czech Slovak Festival in St. Paul


Last Sunday, September 20, the annual Czech Slovak festival was held at the historic CSPS building in St. Paul and hosted by the Sokol of Minnesota, an organization that seeks to provide education about Czech and Slovak culture. The community-led event, staffed by volunteers, was a wonderful mix of generations and families, all enjoying and embracing their common heritage.

This festival, now in its twentieith year, included a wide range of cultural showcases from traditional folk dancing, cultural and traditional foods, vendors selling original lead and cut class from the Czech Republic as well as antiques and handmade jewelry, and the Sokol sponsored gymnastics team. To learn more about the Sokol of Minnesota and their upcoming events please visit For other Czech and Slovak cultural events and information visit the Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota’s website.


SolvCzech Trio performed a beautiful blend of traditional and modern Czech and Slovak music. Peter Bachan, Katarina Vilimova, and Jozef Klobusnik have been playing music together for two and a half years in SlovCzech Trio, which they formed to promote Slovak and Czech music.


James Metcalf, Nolan Rohde, and Jessica Metcalf all perform in the Tanecni Teens Czech and Slovak Folk dance group which includes children grades 6 – 12.


Jitrnice or Czech sausage is grilled and served with sauerkraut on rye bread.

Donut stuffed with poppy seed filling.

Antique Tank Toy from Czechoslovakia for sale.

Antiques, and little of whatever else you have, Sale table. (Picture 146)


Nora Leinen ( is a student at the University of Minnesota and an intern at the TC Daily Planet through the HECUA program.