Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find answers to commonly-asked questions pertaining to the Kolacky Days festival.
When is Kolacky Days?
Each year, Kolacky Days takes place on the fourth full weekend in July. In 2020, the 86th Annual Kolacky Days will be from Friday, July 24 through Sunday, July 26, 2020. In 2021, it will be July 23 through July 25, 2021.
Where is Kolacky Days and how do I get there?
The City of Montgomery has been celebrating this bohemian delicacy since 1929. We are located just short of an hour away from Minneapolis and Mankato. A majority of the events and activities are either located in Memorial Park, located at 500 5th St. SE or Historic Downtown Montgomery. For directions, click here.
Is there a fee to attend Kolacky Days?
The cost to attend Kolacky Days depends on when and where you are. There are some events and activities that require an entry fee to participate or enter. In terms of activities and events in Memorial Park, the souvenir collectible Kolacky Days Button gets you into the park on Friday and Saturday nights after 7:00 p.m. There is no fee prior to 7:00 p.m. on these evenings. The button can be purchased at the gate for $5.00.
How can I become a craft vendor?
Please find the appropriate forms to register for the craft show under the registration form section. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Kiekow at (507) 364-7967.
Can I bring a cooler into Memorial Park or North Side Park?
Coolers are NOT allowed in the park. No outside food or beverages will be allowed inside the parks. Food and beverages including beer and alcohol sales will be available during designated times.
I make GREAT food. How can I become a food vendor?
The MACC prefers to help local non-profits by giving them preference when it comes to food vending in Memorial Park or Historic Downtown Montgomery. If you think, you might offer an item that is absent from the festival, feel free to contact us at KolackyDays@gmail.com.
How can you, your organization or business get involved?
There are multiple ways that you, businesses and organizations can become involved in the Kolacky Days Celebration! You can become a member of the MACC or just volunteer for the weekend. Businesses can become financial sponsors and offer volunteers and organizations can volunteer or even become a food vendor. If you would like to learn more about getting involved in Kolacky Days, please contact us by completing the appropriate form here or by emailing us at KolackyDays@gmail.com.
Will I need to sleep in a corn field if I come?
Don’t worry, you won’t camp in a corn field. If you’re traveling from out-of-town to attend Kolacky Days festivities, you won’t want to miss a minute of the action which probably means that you’re in need of some type of lodging. Within the community visitors can tent on the south side of the softball fields at North Side Park, 740 Rodgers Drive. You may park in the gravel parking lot and set up the tent between the parking lot and the softball field. No fires and no parking on the grass. Also, please be respectfully of the nearby residential area that calls this place home. Just down the road in nearly any direction, visitors, can select from a wide array of full-service hotels or campgrounds.
Area places visitors can stay include The Nest Retreat Center in Montgomery, Guardian Inn in Le Center, Quality Inn & Suites in New Prague, Kamp Dels in Waterville or Hide-A-Way Campgrounds on Clear Lake, west of Montgomery.
LOST AND FOUND
I lost an item. Do you have a lost and found?
To report a lost item or inquire about a misplaced item, please stop by the MACC trailer near the band shell and/or the security trailer, both located in Memorial Park. After the festival, please contact the Montgomery Police Department at (507) 364-8000.
I received Monty Bucks. What are they and where can I use them?
The Montgomery Area Community Club offers Monty Bucks as prizes for many of our events that are accepted at many of our local retailers, restaurants, and professional services. This program helps support our local businesses and is sponsored by the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce They make perfect gifts for family, friends, teachers and coaches. Learn more here!
I want to be in the parade. How can I enter my unit in the parade?
The parade application form can be found here. Please contact Steve Flicek at (507) 364-7919 if you have any questions.
Where do I park?
Besides harvest time, Kolacky Days is probably the busiest time in Montgomery. The main location to park is on-street parking, both if you are going to Memorial Park or when visiting the Historic Downtown area. There are a few handicapped parking stalls located near the 5th Street entrance to Memorial Park.
Can I skateboard, rollerblade or bike downtown?
Per Montgomery City Code, in-line skating, rollerblading and skateboarding are all prohibited within the downtown business district. Biking is allowed, however, we would appreciate that you would refrain from doing so on Saturday during the Classic Car Show and the Grand Day Parade on Sunday due to the crowds.
Can I bring my pet to the park during Kolacky Days? How about Historic Downtown Montgomery?
The City of Montgomery does not allow dogs within park areas where posted. Memorial Park currently is posted as not allowing dogs. In terms of about downtown, dogs should probably be kept at home. It’s just too crowded for pets and not all crowds like them either. If you do choose to bring your pet downtown, we ask that you keep them on a tight leash and clean up after your pet.
What does Kolacky Days do with the proceeds from the event?
MACC is a non-profit volunteer organization that is not funded by the city. Most of the money received is used to put on the event each year. Over the past six (6) years, MACC has also given back more than $100,000 to community organizations or projects from the weekend profits and charitable gambling sources. In addition, MACC maintains a healthy fund balance in case of a bad weather year, to ensure the event can continue in the future!
Is Kolacky Days on social media?
You bet your sweet buns we are! Hopefully you find us providing you with the latest and greatest festival information.
What happens if there is bad weather at Kolacky Days?
MACC has a special committee that works on the weather for the weekend. We hope for sunny skies, but it's summer in Minnesota so we know how there is always a chance for rain. In the event of inclement weather, find us on social media for the most up-to-date information on the status of events and activities, including cancellations or postponements.