Litomysl's 48th Annual Summer Festival
Sunday, July 28, 2019
Holy Trinity Catholic Church of Litomysl will be showing off their country church pride at their 48th Annual Summer Festival on Sunday, July 28th. The 150 families of the parish will host the event which is one of the largest summer parish festivals held in Minnesota each year. The country style festival draws people from all over.
Litomysl is Czech for “wistful thoughts”. Holy Trinity Church dates back to 1878, when settlers in the Litomysl community built their first church. The community is actually named after the original Litomysl, located about 100 miles east of Prague. In 1940-41 they built the stone church that parishioners worship in today. It is one of the largest stone churches in the nation; members of the parish brought over 600 loads of rock from their fields to build it.
Czech traditions, from delightful pastries to polka music will be alive and well once again in Litomysl, Minnesota, south of Owatonna, on July 29th. Where can you combine Mass, music, games, silent auction, eats and treats, a used a bit sale, face painting, live pony rides, raffles, pull tabs, and wagon rides? You may not be able to find Litomysl on a map, but miles and miles of motor vehicles will line County Road 4 and 24th Avenue Southeast in rural Owatonna for the annual Litomysl Summer Festival. At 10 a.m in the air conditioned, handicapped accessible, Holy Trinity Church, there is the traditional Polka Mass that has participants sing traditional hymns to the beat of polka music, led by the Litomyslaneous Polka Group. Also participating in the morning mass will be the Owatonna Knights of Columbus #945’s Fourth Degree in full regalia.
Music will echo throughout the grounds. Before the Mass the Owatonna Knights of Columbus Choir will perform in the church. Hans Hohrman will dazzle visitors with his accordion near the school building, while the “Dan Stursa Band” and “The Czech Lites” from New Prague will entertain the crowd when they grace the stage north of the church. The Klecker Band, who has played at all of the past 46 Festivals, will delight listeners in the afternoon inside the church.
The Festival, now in its 47th year, brings several thousand people to one small spot in Steele County for fundraising, music, food, games and perhaps most importantly, fellowship. The Litomysl Summer Festival, a Steele County tradition, is always held on the last Sunday in July. People come from all over as they look forward to this as something fun to do every year.
The Czech and non-Czech community alike can look forward to activities Sunday, July 29th. By 11 a.m. all outdoor activities begin with many food booths available to delight anyone’s appetite. Festival-goers won’t leave hungry, as the Holy Trinity community will be stocked with pork rib sandwiches, pork burgers, brats, hot dogs, walking tacos, root beer floats and refreshments to quench the thirst of all ages.
In the church basement a shaved ham or turkey sandwich meal with potato salad, baked beans, and beverage will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. only. Pie and filled biscuits will also be on the menu.
Everyone will have the opportunity to view the old gas engines and water pump action between the school and the garage.
In the school building there will be a Silent Auction, along with a used-a-bit sale, with bargains galore. A country store with garden produce will be by the church.
People of all ages will be eager to await their turn to partake in the many games they choose from plinko, bingo, spin the wheel, fish pond, dime toss and the ever popular root beer barrel game. As has been the case in years past, many local businesses and individuals have donated thousands of items to be used for prizes in the games. Thousands of items have also been donated for the used-a-bit sale in the school and for the Silent Auction. The annual "Big Ticket" raffle, has 70 prizes (with a value of over $4,000), the first prize being $500. The drawing will be at 4:00 p.m.
The ladies of the parish will make many, many dozen prune, poppyseed and apricot biscuits (or "buchty" in Czech). They will go on sale at 11:00 a.m. near the St. Isidore's School building. Buchty, is a traditional Czech biscuit filled with prunes, apricots, or poppy seed. The women make sweet yeast dough, roll it out, cut it into small squares and fill the squares with prune, poppy seed or apricot filling. The corners of the square of dough are lifted up kitty-corner and folded in the middle and dough is pinched together. The dough has four eyes on top with the filling peeping out: these eyes are called the four eyes of God.
A tractor pulling a tram will help people get to the Festival more quickly, when they park their cars on the roads surrounding Litomysl.
Everyone is invited to come for a Fun Filled Day to the Litomysl Summer Festival, on Sunday, July 29th. There is something for everyone! A grand time can be had by every age who attends the annual Litomysl Summer Festival.
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Litomysl is located 8 miles south of Owatonna on Co. Rd. 45 then 2 miles east on Co. Rd. 4 (SE 98th St); to 9946 24th Ave SE)
or 5 miles north of Blooming Prairie on Hwy 218 to Bixby, then 4½ miles west on Co Rd 4 (SE 98th St) to 9946 24th Ave SE;
or 6 miles south of Owatonna on Interstate 35 to the Hope exit #32, then left on Co. Rd. 4 to Co. Rd. 3, go 1/2 mile south, then 3 miles east on Co. Rd. 4 (98th St.) to 9946 24th Ave SE;
or from Ellendale east on Hwy 30 to Co. Rd. 45, then 5 miles north on Co. Rd. 45 to Co. Rd. 4 (SE 98th St), then 2 miles east to 9946 24th Ave SE.