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Czhilispiel 48

But wait! We are still holding a few CZ48 Events!

The CZ48 5K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, October 24 at 10am on south Main Street at Gazebo.
The CZ48 Scholarship Pageant is to be held on October 24, 2020 at 5:00 pm with CDC Guidelines in place.
The CZ48 Golf Tournament will be held as usual on October 24th and a they will also hold a gun raffle.
The Flatonia Lions Club will hold a Student Pie Baking Contest for Scholarships on Saturday, October 24, 2020.

See links for more details!


Czhilispiel 48 Limited Edition Schedule

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October 24, 2020

10:00 am start - CZ48 5K Run & Walk – 9:00 – 9:30am packet pick up at the Gazebo on South Main St. (Preregister online @ www.flatoniachamber.com or at the Chamber Office)

8:00am & 1:00pm Tee Times – CZ48 Golf Tournament (Register at the Flatonia Golf Course – 361-865-2922)

11:00 am – 2:00 pm - CZ48 Flatonia Lions Club Student Pie Contest Online Auction Entry form online, at Chamber Office or Prosperity Bank)

5:00 pm- Czhilispiel 48 Scholarship Pageant at Flatonia ISD Cafetorium (Applications are online or at the Chamber Office and due by Sept. 25, 2020)


12:00 Noon - Czhilispiel 48 Grand Parade – New Route! (Entry Forms online or at the Chamber Office)

As of August 17, 2020 - The Flatonia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors made the very hard decision, with orders from the County Judge Joe Weber and the Fayette County Chief of Emergency Management, Craig Moreau, to cancel Czhilispiel 48 (scheduled for October 23-25, 2020) due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

However, the Chamber Board approved having the Czhilispiel 48 Scholarship Pageant with CDC guidelines. The CZ48 5K, CZ Golf Tournament and Lions Club Pie Auction will take place this year on Saturday, October 24, 2020. The Czhilispiel 48 Grand Parade will take place at noon on Sunday, october 25, 2020.

The Chamber and the Czhilispiel Committee would like to thank all the Businesses and individuals that have sent in their Sponsorships. CZ48 Sponsors will be given the option to leave their donation and use it for CZ49 or receive a refund.

For more info, please call the Flatonia Chamber of Commerce at 361-865-3920 or Czech Us Out on our website at: www.flatoniachamber.com/czhilispiel.

Czech Out Our History!

Czhilispiel is a nod to Flatonia’s Czech and German heritage. First, the name comes from a play on the word “Chili.” The addition of the “z” is a play on a Czech spelling, and the German word “spiel” means play.

The festival started in 1973 to celebrate the centennial anniversary of Flatonia. Czhilispiel began as a fundraiser to help fund a local Flatonia student's medical school education. At the time Flatonia needed a doctor, so the residents organized the Czech heritage festival and chili cook-off, Czhilispiel. The student agreed to serve the community for at least five years after completing medical school, but ended up staying longer. Czhilispiel continues to use proceeds from the event to benefit local needs, whether for students or community services.
Over the years, Czhilispiel has grown from a small cook-off to a larger event with a concert series, biergarten, carnival, parade, arts and crafts market, 5K and various activities throughout the weekend. It is held every year on the fourth full weekend of October.

Some of the past performers have included: Robert Earl Keen, Eli Young Band, Stoney LaRue, Aaron Watson, Brave Combo, The Bellamy Brothers, The Velvets, The Shiner Hobo Band, The Dujka Brothers, Cory Morrow, Wade Bowen, and many, many more.
Czhilispiel also has a variety of opportunities for partnerships as sponsors, commercial and food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, cook-off and event participants, and for volunteers. The event is 100% volunteer driven.
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