The 61st Annual Children’s Alka Begins Today With Festivities Throughout the Weekend

Daniela Rogulj

Today, the first competition for the 61st annual Children’s Alka Vučkovići begins at 18h.

This year’s event takes place under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović and the cities of Zagreb and Sinj.


While twenty small “alkarića” children have been preparing for this competition every day, the adults have been conducting final preparations for the Vučkovići festivities.


In addition to this year’s Alka program, there will also be a folk festival and cultural entertainment program. All of these tasks have been organized by the president of the Children’s Alka – Josip Vučković Bećo, along with his associates.


“We can say that everything is ready for this ceremony and all preparations for the children’s Alka will be ready for the first race today,” said Vučković Bećo.


Today, after the first competition for the Bara and the female Alka, there will a performance by the Drama Association Most of Trilj, with the festival continuing with food and drinks and a performance by the group Stella.


The competitions will return for Saturday, August 20 for the Čoja.


“The competition for Čoja will begin at 18h, after which will be held a traditional competition for veterans, a folk festival with food and drinks, and performances by folk groups from the Cetina area,” said Josip Vučković Bećo.


The program on Sunday, August 21 will start in the early morning hours.


“On the day of Alka, the program begins at 06h with the sound of the “mačkula” and reveille. At 09h a history lesson will be held and at 10.30h a Holy Mass along with the laying of wreaths for all deceased Vučković  and all Brnaže in the cemetery of St. Nicholas. The competition for the Alka begins at 17.30h, followed by the folk festival and a performance by group Uzbuna,” said Vučković, inviting all people of good will to come and enjoy the traditions, customs and folk festivities.


This year’s Days of Children’s Alka Vučkovići is held under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, the City of Zagreb and the City of Sinj.


“Credit should not be given just to me and the leadership of Children’s Vučković Alka of Sinj, but to all Vučković, Brnaže, and to those around Croatia. Everyone has in some way helped to get this patronage, to which we are extremely proud,” said Joseph Bećo Vučković, stressing that the fittest small “alkarići” live for this event all year.


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