Yesterday, Saturday, April 28, 2012, the Czech Heritage Society of Texas crowned the new state queen. The pageant included all the pageantry any girl would want. Music. Master of Ceremonies. Lots of photo ops. Grand entrance. Czech crystal and many gifts for the winners. Applause. Beautifully embroidered sash. And a crown that would make any little girl's eyes twinkle.
Each contestant had set up their own personal display. Some of the items included in the displays were: pictures in their kroj, trophies, Czech dolls, family heirlooms/photos and genealogy. THIS is what the day is all about. When my daughter got interested in the Czech Queen pageant, she began asking questions. She knew she was Czech but "tell me more." She (and all of these girls) learn their family Czech sir names, when and how their ancestors immigrated to America, what they wore (everyday and at special occasions), recipes, music and how they survived.
"May the love of one's heritage never fade, dim, nor die; for the future of tomorrow depends on how much you are willing to do for your past, today."...Sarah Middlebrook (2006 Miss Czech-Slovak USA Queen)
More photos from the 2012 Miss Texas Czech-Slovak Queen pageant are available at: www.facebook.com/czechcostumes. For more information on the Miss Czech-Slovak Queen Pageant, log on to: http://www.missczechslovakus.com/