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Search begins for Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa
February 13, 2018

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CEDAR RAPIDS Young people with Czech ancestry have a unique opportunity in Iowa.

The Czech Heritage Foundation, based in Cedar Rapids, sponsors the Czech Royal Court, a group of boys and girls ages 6 to 16 who represent their Czech heritage at festivals, parades and other events throughout the year. The foundation also sponsors the Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa pageant, in which young women ages 16 to 25 compete for the state title.

Applications are being accepted through March 1 for all of the positions.

This year, a record number of 15 boys and girls serve on the Czech Royal Court, plus the current Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa. The group has made appearances at the Freedom Festival Parade, Houby Days in Czech Village, the Old World Christmas Market at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library and numerous other events.

Czech prince and princess applicants must be 12 through 16 years of age, reside in Iowa and be able to attend events in the Cedar Rapids area. They must either be at least partially of Czech descent or active participants in Czech organizations. The same rules apply to Czech little brother and little sister applicants, who range in age from 6 to 12.

Boys and girls who compete for the title of Czech Prince and Princess research Czech customs and culture, write an essay and are interviewed by a panel of judges.

Candidates for Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa must be between the ages of 16 and 25, and of Czech, Moravian, Slovak or Silesian descent, and either be an Iowa resident or attend an Iowa college. Contestants are judged on talent, kroj (ethnic costume) modeling and interviews. This year's pageant is May 19 during Houby Days. The winner earns a $1,000 award and represents Iowa in the Miss Czech-Slovak U.S. pageant in Nebraska.

Applications can be found at www.czechheritagefoundation.com For more information, send an email to missczechslovakiowa.com or royalty@czechheritagefoundation.com

The Czech Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is committed to preserving, celebrating and maintaining the rich culture of the Czech community for future generations. Membership is open to all. Find more at:www.CzechHeritageFoundation.com

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