The annual Czechoslovak Harvest Festival at the Banister ZCBJ and on Main Street in Bannister will be Sunday, Aug. 2. The day begins with a mid-day dinner at 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., featuring breaded chicken, ham and dumplings, at $10 each for adults, children younger than 12 for $3, pre-schoolers free.
Opening ceremonies will be at 2:30 p.m. with costumed participants marching onto an outdoor platform carrying decorated rakes, wreaths and scythes. Traditional dances will be performed by members of the Bannister ZCBJ Czechoslovakian Dancers under the direction of Diane Bradley. There will be free drawings for children’s bikes as well as drawings for teen and adult prizes, said Chairman Tom Bradley.
Free games for children will follow the program. A dance begins at 4 p.m. with music by the Bill Nemanis Band. The beer tent will open at noon with food available throughout the day. Admission is free.
Also scheduled, will be a Heritage Mass at St. Cyril’s Catholic Church in Bannister to remember and honor the Czech and Slovak founding fathers of St. Cyril’s as well as all the ethnic groups that make up the parish. Everyone attending is encouraged to wear costumes representative of their own nationality.