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Houby Days celebrates Czech tradition, heritage

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

It's a tradition that draws thousands to the Houby Days spring festival in Czech Village in Cedar Rapids.

"Mushrooms are very much a part of Czech tradition," said Pam Lewis, Czech Village Association president. "For us to continue that tradition, to continue our heritage, it's been very important. We haven't missed a year in the last 37 years."

The 3-day event celebrates history and culture.

Houby is Czech for mushrooms, and is not only a source of food for the Czechs and Slovaks, but also a fun family activity.

This year, the event brought more than 70 vendors, the largest the festival has ever had, giving festival goers a taste or touch of their heritage.

There were jewelry vendors, food vendors. wood art vendors and everything in between.

"We've got dancers in folk costumes, we've got food, we've go vendors, we've got bands, we've got everything," said Lewis.

The festival features a car show where more than 75 owners shared how much time they spent building, restoring, and remodeling there antique cars.

"For them it's important for them to get out and show the work they've done," said Greg "Wizzard" Stokesberry, president of Flying Eyeballs Motor Club

The classic car owners had no problem showing off their toys, and they even got to cruise through Mt. Trashmore.

Organizers say the live music, along with so many other activities going on is what attracts people year after year

"To unify all the cultures in this area," said Lewis.

Organizers anticipate between 5,000-10,000 people over the weekend.

The event ends early Sunday evening.

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