Sunday, August 16, 2009

Getting Costumes Ready for Westfest

Westfest weekend is Labor Day Weekend in West, Texas. This Czech festival is in my hometown of West, Texas. (See Westfest link along the right side of the blog.) At Westfest you will see one of the largest selection of authentic Czech costumes anywhere. I am busy getting my daughters' costumes ready to wear at the Parade of Costumes on Saturday, September 5 at 2:00 and throughout the weekend. Authentic Czech costumes take a great deal of specialized care. For more tips, see my earlier post dated July 19, 2009.
The first thing I do is to wash, starch and hang to dry the petticoats because the petticoats provide the proper structure for the costume. If your petticoat does not stand on it's on, add more starch. I washed our petticoats in the washing machine but you may need to hand wash. I stopped the wash cycle and let them soak for thirty minutes in Clorox 2. After the rinse cycle I soaked the petticoats in full strength liquid starch and then let the spin cycle spin out the excess. Then, I hung the petticoats outside spreading them out as much as possible. I spread them out as much as possible to prevent them from sticking together and making ironing easier. After drying completely, I ironed them. I ironed them several times. 1) Just iron without using spray starch, both front and back. 2) Iron them with heavy starch, both front and back.
Check back later or follow this blog for more tips. If you have tips or just information on Czech costumes, email it to me. I welcome comments. This site is free and is a great way for us to help each other. Sharon.
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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Congratulations to Brianna Tichy, 2009-10 Miss Czech Slovak US!

Each year the Miss Czech Slovak US Pageant is held in Wilber, NE during the Wilber Czech Festival.

In it's 23 years the pageant has hosted over 225 contestants viaing for the position as Miss Czech Slovak US Queen. The Miss Czech Slovak US Pageant has crowned 23 queens and has a strong history of producing proud Czech and Slovak Americans that continue to preserve the Czech and Slovak heritage around the United States. Currently 9 states have Miss Czech Slovak Pageants and we are always interested in starting more.

I am interested in any contact you may have of a female aged 16-26, single, of Czech or Slovak decent who would be interested in competing for the national title and over $10,000 in cash and prizes.

I understand your time is very valuable but the value that these young woman bring not only to the pageant but to all youth around the United States. Our 2008 queen traveled to over 20,000 miles promoting the Czech and Slovak heritage, preservation and continueing relationships.

For pictures or more information please see our website

Brianna can be reached via the national pageant website.

I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Thank you,
MaryElizabeth Lackey
Miss Czech Slovak US Pageant Director

Results of the 2009 Miss Czech Slovak US Pageant

Dear Friends of the Miss Czech Slovak US Pageant,
The 23rd annual MISS CZECH-SLOVAK US PAGEANT is now history. As with each pageant there are many highlights stemming from all the contestants. Speech eloquence, poise and appearance and personality were outstanding among all 14 contestants. 

The pageant was held at the Wilber Outdoor Theater in the heart of beautiful Wilber, NE. 14 contestants competed for the title of 2009-10 Miss Czech Slovak US. The contestants were evaluated on four categories: Private interview, Onstage Interview, Kroj (costume) modeling and Talent Presentation. The competition was exceptional!
Brianna Tichy, New Jersey, of Wodwich, New Jersey was crowned 2009-10 Miss Czech Slovak United States, along with winning Talent Runner Up. Brianna attends the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. She is working on her Bachelor's degree in International Studies, with a focus on Eastern Europe and Post-communist countries. She is the daughter of Fred Tichy and Bridget DeFiccio. With the title Brianna will recieve $1500 cash, $2500 towards a trip to the Czech or Slovak Republic and a special $250 special scholarship in memory of John Rokusek and much more. Teresa Mahoney, Oregon, of Portland, Oregon was 1st Runner Up, Authentic Kroj Winner and the Alicia "Fiala" Rokusek Oratory Award. Carrie Brown, Nebraska, of Omaha, Nebraska won 2nd Runner Up. Christine Dowling, Kansas, of Hays, Kansas won Americanized Kroj and Grand Talent Winner. Leilani Kurtak, Arizona of Tucson, Arizona received the Lois Fiala Spirit of Czech/Slovak Heritage award. Tanya Jech, Illinois of Westchester, Illinois won the Heritage Involvement Award. Olivia Cada, Minnesota, of Shorewood, Minnesota received the Sokol talent routine award and Miss Congeniality.

Other than our above 7 winners, we had 7 other outstanding contestants, Michelle Barak, Texas; Olivia Buydos, Ohio; Amanda DeHoedt, Iowa; Samantha Hlinicky, Oklahoma; Kristy Kleinhans, Wisconsin; Valerie Smith, Missouri; and Cindy Syrovatka, South Dakota.

For pictures of our wonderful contestants, award winners and 2009 Queen and Court, please see our website Please feel free to utilize these pictures with your organization.

I would like to thank my pageant committee, Board of Directors, and all that helped to make this pageant a success.

If you are interested in competing in the 2010 Miss Czech Slovak US pageant, please contact myself or see our website for complete rules and regulations. .

I am excited to look forward to the Miss Czech Slovak US 2010 pageant August 6, 7, and 8 held during the National Czech Festival of Wilber, Nebraska.  

MaryElizabeth Lackey
Miss Czech Slovak US Pageant Director