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Fun And Food at the Czechoslovak Festival

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BINGHAMTON, NY -

The Czechoslovak Festival took place at the German Club on Sunday with live music, dancers, cultural displays, and food. 

People lined up to eat European food and beer as David Paul played the accordion, as the George Tarasek Polka Partners Orchestra got ready to perform too. 

"We're just pretty much promoting the Czech and Slovak heritage," said Program Chairman Jan Espe. 

The Czechoslovak Moravan Club folk dancers performed, including some members like Frank Vravlic and Carol Martinichio who have been dancing with the group since it started. 

"We did a dance called the 'Old Couple.' We started when we were in our forties and now we are the old couple," said Martinichio. 

The various folkwear for the group comes from Morava, Czech Republic, and Slokavia. 

"I have five and they're from different areas and one is including the village from where I grew up in," said Martinichio.

Martinichio says they have performed everywhere from Canada to New York City and Prague - even dancing in their home villages in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. 

According to Espy, the Czechoslovak festival has been going on for 84 years.