September 3, 2014

Czech Days fest in Wilber closes with big crowds

Sunny, cooler weather helped to boost attendance for this past weekend’s Czech Festival in Wilber.

Charlie Keller, president of the Nebraska Czechs of Wilber, estimates about 45,000 people turned out for the annual fest, which ran Friday through Sunday.

“Everything’s been so fabulous, the weather’s been so good, what a beautiful crowd,” Keller says. “I can never complain about Czech Days. People show me that there’s a lot of good people.”

Keller said the festival’s twin parades on Saturday and Sunday each ran two to two-and-a-half hours and were very well-attended.

He says the weather was the greatest blessing. After recent highs well over a hundred degrees, this weekend’s temps only climbed into the 80s with lows in the 60s.

By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice