Miss Leatta Ehmke was bestowed the honor of the 1st Kolacky Kween (Queen) at the 3rd Annual Celebration in 1931. Originally candidates were aged between 16 and 25 years old and registered their names at Pexa's or Kaisersatt's drug stores. Prior to the celebration, town's people would donate one (1) cent per vote and select their preferred candidate. The total list of candidates and their standing within the contest was on display in the drug store windows. With the exception of 1935, where they were judged, the format of the winner being chosen from either receiving the most donations or selling the greatest number of Kolacky Day buttons did not change until 1955. In 1955, the Kolacky Queen was chosen by panel of judges based on interviews. One year later in 1956, the Kolacky Queen started to dress in native Czech dress and they still do today. In 1980, the talent competition was added to the pageant.
The Queen's Pageant has been held at numerous locations. Sites have included New Prague Park Ballroom, Hardegger's Lake Jefferson, American Legion Post #79, Most Holy Redeemer Catholic School, Memorial Park, and TCU Middle School auditorium.
1933 Kolacky Queen Results
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