Every first Saturday in May, the citizens of Prague, Oklahoma, welcome people from around the world to join them in celebrating the rich Czech culture that played a vital role in the city’s founding. The Kolache Festival offers dance, song, food, crafts, a parade, carnival rides and royalty. The festival symbolizes the warmth and fellowship of the Bohemian people. We are proud of the heritage we celebrate and invite you to this wonderful celebration.

Visit our local businesses, eat your fill of Kolaches — our famous Czech dessert, a sweet roll with fruit center – and Klobasneks, and get to know our town and townspeople. Check out the Entertainment Grandstand located on Main Street at the City Park. There will be Czech music playing there all afternoon by the band Czech & Then Some from Ennis, Texas. The Arts & Crafts Show located in the parking lot along Main Street behind BancFirst. The exciting carnival, the food booths, and the parade. Make sure you stay for the Concerts and Street Dancing starting at 7:00 pm. You won’t want to miss the Chicken Dance — always a highlight of the evening.

This year’s festival will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2016. The theme is “Remembering Our Homeland.”

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Cold Water County, a band that was formed in 2014, has a member who is now well-known as many saw him as a contestant this season on The Voice. Justin Whisnant will be in Prague, Oklahoma this Saturday, May 7, performing with the band at the Kolache Festival.

The band will be performing at two different stages. Their first performance will be at the grandstand at the City Park when they kickoff the entertainment at 9:30 a.m. The band will perform for one hour.

Their second appearance will be at the Talent Stage, located three blocks east of the grandstand, at 1:30 p.m. They will perform here for one hour, also.

Justin, who is lead vocals and plays rhythm guitar, is a self-taught songwriter and guitar player. He grew up in Bearden, OK, and started singing at an early age. Clay Perry is on drums. He is a Prague resident, and grew up in Little, OK. Seth Dean is on fiddle and lead guitar and Chance (Denver) Dean is on bass guitar. They are both from Okemah, OK. Tommy Griffin on lead guitar is from Bearden, OK. He is also a songwriter.

The band has a motto, “Always play the next show better than the last,” and with this kind of attitude they will go far. They have an album set to be released in early summer 2016 and an ever increasing tour schedule ahead of them. You can check out their schedule at www.coldwatercounty.com.