The village of Ostrožská Lhota in the Zlín region has been named “Village of the Year” for 2023, ahead of Hrádek from Moravia-Silesia and Dolní Poustevna from the Ústí nad Labem region. The winner was announced this past weekend at a folk festival in the Moravian town of Luhačovice.
Representatives of Ostrožská Lhota, a picturesque south Moravian village at the foothills of the White Carpathians, popped the champagne as soon as the winner of the Village of the Year competition was announced, handing out home-made gingerbread cookies decorated with the town’s church and the inscription Ostrožská Lhota.
The annual Village of the Year competition has been organised by the Association for Rural Renewal along with the Agriculture and Regional Development ministries since 1995. Its main criterion is the quality of local projects that encourage the community spirit. This year, some 175 municipalities from Czechia’s 13 regions took part. The mayor of Ostrožská Lhota, Roman Tuháček, says the community spirit is indeed the main reason why his village earned the title for 2023:
“Ostrožská Lhota is a picturesque village located in a small valley, off the main roads. What makes it special is the wonderful community of local people who are organised in 23 different associations, and who are behind its busy cultural and social life.
“I think the title is proof that our village is a good place to live, because no matter how beautiful your village is, you cannot win this competition if there is no social life in it.”
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Author: Ruth Fraňková