općina za vele fešte" did it again! The smallest and newest MIK host
town won the vote of MIK team in competition for best organization
(along with Mali Lošinj) for the 2nd year in a row. The attendance
in Gračišće was five times the
population of the town. The effort and imagination that went into
making MIK participants feel welcome, appreciated, and comfortable
were unforgettable, and (with all due respect to other towns),
refreshing. Their guests were clearly refreshed in the true sense of
the word also, and despite the extreme Summer heat. Gračišće is too
small to have its own folklor groups or wind orchestra, so they
brought them from Tinjan and Pazin. The happy Feštari from Trsat
were also on hand to cheer thing up even more.
road through Gračišće was closed for
all non-MIK traffic
Balun on main road by guests from Tinjan
Caravan heads for the town
Balun dancers from Tinjan
Approaching the town gate
Mayor Mijandrušić greets the participants and invites them into the
MIK participants enter first
Inside, a wonderful
display of old fashioned hospitality
Kroštule or fritule? Few
of each and you can't go wrong!
Guys from Klapa Maslina: This is worth showing in Šibenik
Some late arrivals... Missed balun & fritule...
...but made it for some refreshments at Konoba Marino
Lead by their general... or admiral, or something...
...Trsački feštari take positions around the bar... and the singing
...while the pros head for rehearsal