Houby Festival application deadline a...

Houby Festival application deadline approaching

There are 13 comments on the Chicagosuburbannews.com story from Aug 31, 2008, titled Houby Festival application deadline approaching. In it, Chicagosuburbannews.com reports that:

School-aged women who live or work in the Cicero region have until early next week to submit applications for the chance to be this year's Houby queen.

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pinkpetunia

Murray, KY

#1 Sep 10, 2008
I don't know why they call it the Houby Festival anymore. There is nothing left of the original purpose of the parade or the Festival. It's just turned into a Fiesta!
Aztek

United States

#2 Sep 10, 2008
I like a FIESTA!!
rico

Chicago, IL

#3 Sep 10, 2008
You would.
Aztek

United States

#4 Sep 10, 2008
rico wrote:
You would.
Hell yeah! VIVA MEXICO!! You would like arab bombers who kill Americans and Asians who cook cats & dogs!
Sabine

United States

#6 Oct 1, 2008
Berwyn Main Street is trying to infuse the original spirit into the fest once again.

Check out houbyfest.com - Oct 4+5, 2008 we will have the Czech Oasis at houby Fest, located at Cermak and Gunderson on the south side - Entertainment, Czech and local bands, Pilsner, Klas and other vendors will serve mushroom and czech dishes and much more.

Come out and see the unique origins of the Houby Fest - Czech tradition and the Mushroom.
Aztek

United States

#7 Oct 1, 2008
MMMMMM....Sounds good!
Ree923

New York, NY

#8 Oct 7, 2008
I went to this on Sunday and was disappointed. I was told there used to be many little booths lining the roads and all I saw were a few poorly stocked booths selling garbage - plastic blow up toys and cheap fake jewelry. Mushroom tamales I can kind of get because of the neighborhood, but except for one tiny float of Bavarian type dancers, the entire feel of this festival was as wet as the rain we stood in to watch the parade. Where, by the way, one of the parade bikers ran into my on his ten speed and nearly knocked over my four year old daughter. We won't be back.
pinkpetunia

Murray, KY

#9 Oct 7, 2008
Ree923 wrote:
I went to this on Sunday and was disappointed. I was told there used to be many little booths lining the roads and all I saw were a few poorly stocked booths selling garbage - plastic blow up toys and cheap fake jewelry. Mushroom tamales I can kind of get because of the neighborhood, but except for one tiny float of Bavarian type dancers, the entire feel of this festival was as wet as the rain we stood in to watch the parade. Where, by the way, one of the parade bikers ran into my on his ten speed and nearly knocked over my four year old daughter. We won't be back.
There was a time when Cermak Road was filled with vendors offering authentic craft items, food, and other wonderful things. The parade was something we looked forward to every year, and attended as a family. It's nothing like that anymore. It should simply be disbanded; nothing exists of the original Houby Festival.
Aztek

United States

#10 Oct 7, 2008
Ree923 wrote:
I went to this on Sunday and was disappointed. I was told there used to be many little booths lining the roads and all I saw were a few poorly stocked booths selling garbage - plastic blow up toys and cheap fake jewelry. Mushroom tamales I can kind of get because of the neighborhood, but except for one tiny float of Bavarian type dancers, the entire feel of this festival was as wet as the rain we stood in to watch the parade. Where, by the way, one of the parade bikers ran into my on his ten speed and nearly knocked over my four year old daughter. We won't be back.
If you wouldn't have your kid on the street that wouldn't happen, we won't miss you, bye!

“A.K.A. Don Quixote”

Since: Sep 07

Berwyn from 1970 - 2000

#11 Oct 10, 2008
I participated in this years Houby Day !

As I traveled that morning to my designated meeting place the first thing I noticed was the lack of vendors , Yes I remember that the North Side of Cermak Rd. always had craft vendors side by side all the way to Wesley Ave , I have to admit that I didn't stop at Gunderson ave which I should've since that was the official Czech area , and I didn't notice if a local Boy Scout Troop was there selling Potato Pancakes and other treats like we used to see 15 years ago.

What I did see was a sea of new faces represented by newer Cicero-Berwyn residents of mostly Mexican descent and the occasional Senior citizen from past history which was enough to remind me of how things used to be.

I don't know if the Houby Day event would've been much better had it not rained but now that it has reached 40th year status maybe they should call it quits.

Last time I went to Houby Day was at least 10 yrs ago , Big Difference .........

A big applause to all those new faces at the parade , besides the roaring Fire Engines I bet mostly everything else was absent from Svengoolie to the Shriners on the Flying Carpets .... those were the days.
pug

Brookfield, IL

#12 Oct 12, 2008
Houby day has seen better days.
Aztek

Chicago, IL

#13 Oct 12, 2008
Everyone is a critic!!!
sonny

Woodridge, IL

#14 Oct 17, 2008
Oh my God!! That isn't even the same houby day parade. They used have big politicians in that parage. The governor, the senators, the head of the States attorney. Even the politicians know that cicero is a ghetto.

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