Previous Honorees


1964 L. A. Cimpl

1965 Joseph A. Dvorak

1966 Rev. Raymond Koman

1967 Matt Petrik

1968 K. L. Szymanski

1969 Dr. & Mrs. F. M. Blezek


1970 James M. Schuch

1971 Msgr. E. A. Bouska

1972 Pioneer Settlers of Tabor

1973 John F. Kostel

1974 James J. Kocer

1975 Rev. Gilbert Laketek

1976 Joseph V. Zitka

1977 Thomas J. Binder

1978 Emil E. Blachnik

1979 Joseph M. Petrik


1980 Edward L. Petrik

1981 Dennis L. Bies

1982 Joseph J. Rezac

1983 Helen Mach

1984 Albert G. Honner

1985 Caroline "Curley" King

1986 Rosie Petrik

1987 Emil Kutilek

1988 Charles Rokusek and Jerry Jarolim

1989 Bernard G. Zitka


1990 Agnes T. Kostel

1991 Emil Rezac

1992 Sylvester Pechan

1993 Lloyd Aten

1994 Edward J. Kudrna

1995 Frank J. Petrik

1996 Henry A. W. Adam

1997 Leonard Rokusek

1998 Frank E. Vaith

1999 Deceased Beseda Dancers


2000 Thomas G. Kronaizl

2001 Alisa Anne Prunty

2002 Norby Mach

2003 Anna Schuch

2004 Laddie E. Kostel

2005 Edmund Wagner

2006 Rich Schild

2007 Allan Sternhagen

2008 Rosie M. Kortan

2009 Helen Fejfar


2010 Don Koranda

2011 Clarence Vlasak

2012 Vivian Vaith

2013 Violet Zdenek Povondra

2014 Josie Kutilek

2015 Mildred Cimpl

2016 Helen Vlasak

2017 Roman Honner

2018 Leonard Cimpl



Tabor Czech Days is dedicated each year to a person that has passed away that was a strong supporter of Tabor and Tabor Czech Days. They are honored during the opening program with a presentation to family members. These people will never be forgotten and have played an integral part of the history of Tabor.





Emil and Evelyn Beran, life-long residents and supporters of the Tabor area have been chosen as the 2019 Czech Days dedication honorees.


Both Emil and Evelyn’s ancestors were amongst the many Europeans who immigrated to America from Bohemia in the 1860’s and 1870’s looking for land and opportunity.  Evelyn’s great-grandparents homesteaded land adjacent to what would eventually be the town of Tabor; both her great grandfather and grandfather were amongst those first owners of lots originating the town of Tabor.  Emil’s grandparents homesteaded land in the Lakeport area in the late 1800’s.


Growing up, Evelyn spent many hours assisting her parents working in the Blachnik Meat Market in Tabor.  She attended all her public school years in Tabor graduating from  Tabor High School in 1933.  Evelyn then attended The Schuyler Beauty School in Sioux Falls and came back to Tabor opening Tabor’s first beauty shop “The Kur-lee Beauty Shop”.  Her shop was located in what at that time was the old Queal Lumber Company office located in the southwest corner of Sokol Park on the main street where the marquee is located at today.


Emil grew up on a farm in the Lakeport area southeast of Tabor attended the Lakeport country school and worked for area farmers while growing up.  He loved the farm life and devoted his entire life working the land.  When visiting his grandparents who lived in Tabor while Emil was growing up, he recalled setting up pins in Tabor’s two lane bowling alley and being paid with a soda.  His parents also lived in Tabor in their retirement.


Emil and Evelyn were married on October 7, 1940 at the Presbyterian Church west of Tabor.   The Beran’s moved to their farm in the Elm Grove area which is located four miles southeast of Tabor where they farmed and raised their family having lived there for 68 years.


Over the years, the Beran’s traveled to Europe several times visiting the homeland and keeping in contact with the distant relatives throughout the years.  They were charter members of the Czech Heritage Preservation Society and assisted along with many others in translating Joseph Dvorak’s book “History of the Czechs in South Dakota” and also members of the Tabor Chamber of Commerce.  Being members of the community all of their lives, the Beran’s were called upon many times to answer questions about town history and town residents from the early years or they were asked to do English translation of letters written in Czech for many people.  Evelyn enjoyed local history and compiled family histories for both her and Emil’s family as well as a booklet on the Blachnik country school.


In 2009 the Beran’s decided to “retire” and have their grandson Brian and family move to the farm while they would eventually move into the Tabor community into the same house that Evelyn was born in. They enjoyed meeting people, giving tours of the Blachnik museum, and watching their family grow going to events are much as they could.  The Beran’s were chosen as Czech Days Parade Marshals in 2010.


Emil and Evelyn have two children Darrell (Ann) Beran and Sherry (Dennis) Povondra.


They also have three grandchildren Brenda (Dave) Fryda and Brian (Amy) Beran and Mark (Crystal) Povondra.  Their great-grandchildren are Braden and Max Beran, Emma Lynn Povondra, and a deceased great-granddaughter, Ava Grace Underberg.


Both were blessed with long lives; Evelyn passed away on September 22, 2014 at the age 99 and Emil passed away on February 2, 2017 at the age of 102.  They worked hard, gave of themselves, and lived their lives to the fullest.   They were extremely proud of being part of the Tabor community and were grateful for having the opportunity to promote the Czech Heritage for generations to come.







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Storm Shelter Locations:

Beseda Hall, 135 N. Lidice St., Tabor, SD 57063

Tabor Elementary School, 227 N. Lidice St., Tabor, SD 57063

Tabor Community Center, 138 N. Lidice St., Tabor, SD 57063

Tabor Fire Hall, 122 S. Lidice St., Tabor, SD 57063

Tabor Legion Hall, 145 N. Lidice St., Tabor, SD 57063

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