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In 1997, the Homemade Kolacky Baking Contest was added to the festival lineup to allow for amateur bakers to bring their kolackys to the heart of Minnesota Czech Country for an opportunity to gain the bragging rights for the best kolackys around.  Now people from around the state and Midwest converge on the City of Montgomery with their kitchen's best on Saturday morning.  Individuals bring in their best kolackys to see if they will be known as a Minnesota State Champion of Kolacky Baking.


State Champions

Best Tasting Traditional Kolacky

  • 2013 - 4th Generations/Severns, Scheel, Scheel, Baldwin
  • 2014 - Linda Korbel, Webster
  • 2015 - Bernice Zelenka, New Prague
  • 2016 - Mary Stanke, Montgomery
  • 2017 - Ceske damy, New Prague
  • 2018 - Ceske damy, New Prague

Best Tasting Non-Traditional Kolacky

  • 2013 - Mary Holtz, Montgomery
  • 2014 - Linda Korbel, Webster
  • 2015 - Ceske damy, New Prague
  • 2016 - Brianna Skluzacek, New Prague
  • 2017 - Ceske damy, New Prague
  • 2018 - Dawn Gardner, Chanhassen

Most Perfectly Shaped Kolacky

  • 2013 - 4th Generations/Severns, Scheel, Scheel, Baldwin
  • 2014 - Janell Franta, Montgomery
  • 2015 - Marge Sticha, New Prague
  • 2016 - Shannon Wick, New Prague
  • 2017 - Pam Edel, Montgomery
  • 2018 - Katie Scheel

Youth Division

  • 2018 - Lealyn Baldwin, Montgomery

 


Contest Rules

To enter one needs to meet the following rules:

  1. Any non-professional baker is eligible to enter.
  2. All entries must be baked.
  3. One entry form needs to be filled out for each class entered. Limit of two entries per class.
  4.  One-half dozen of the same flavor kolackys are required for each class you enter.
  5. Entries will be judged by the criteria listed below each class. It will be a blind judging event. Decision of the judges is final
  6. Entries are accepted from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at City Hall, 201 Ash Ave. SW with judging at 11:00 a.m. 

An award presentation is done following the judging.  Contestants are welcome to stay during the judging and many take their entries after the contest concludes.  The following are classes one may submit their homemade kolackys for:

Class #1 - Best Tasting Traditional Kolacky

Must be made with a traditional filling - either poppyseed or prune.
Will be judged on looks, smell, taste, and texture

Class #2 - Best Tasting Non-Traditional Kolacky

May be made with any type of filling - other than prune or poppyseed.
Will be judged on looks, smell, taste, and texture

Class #3 - Most Perfectly Shaped Kolacky

Can be any variety of filling. Will be judged on color, shape, and appearance

Class #4 - Youth Entries (17 and Younger)

Can be any variety of filling.  Will be judged on knowledge, color, shape, and appearance. 

Prizes for winning entries are as follows for each class:

1st Place - $50 | 2nd Place - $25 | 3rd Place - $15


Umístění (Location)

Montgomery City Hall - 201 Ash Ave. SW

 

2018 Winners

Best Tasting Traditional Kolacky

  • 1st Place: Ceske damy, New Prague
  • 2nd Place: Pat Petricka, Medford
  • 3rd Place: Ceske damy, New Prague

Best Tasting Non-Traditional Kolacky

  • 1st Place: Dawn Gardner, Chanhassen
  • 2nd Place: Katie Scheel, Montgomery
  • 3rd Place: Dawn Gardner, Chanhassen

Most Perfectly Shaped Kolacky

  • 1st Place: Katie Scheel, Montgomery
  • 2nd Place: Katie Scheel, Montgomery
  • 3rd Place: Ceske damy, New Prague

Best Tasting Youth Division Kolacky

  •  1st Place: Lealyn Baldwin, Montgomery
  • 2nd Place: Lealyn Baldwin, Montgomery
  • 3rd Place: Emily Kuchinka, New Prague

2017 Winners

Best Tasting Traditional Kolacky

  • 1st Place: Prune - Ceske damy, New Prague
  • 2nd Place: Prune - Lee Lynn Baldwin & Katie Scheel, Montgomery
  • 3rd Place: Poppyseed - Pam Edel, Montgomery

Best Tasting Non-Traditional Kolacky

  • 1st Place: Apricot - Ceske damy, New Prague
  • 2nd Place: Rhubarb Cream - Adeline Pomije, Owatonna
  • 3rd Place: Raspberry Cream Cheese - Ceske damy, New Prague

Most Perfectly Shaped Kolacky

  • 1st Place: Raspberry - Pam Edel, Montgomery
  • 2nd Place: Poppyseed - Lee Lynn Baldwin & Katie Scheel, Montgomery
  • 3rd Place: Raspberry Cream Cheese - Ceske damy, New Prague

2016 Winners

Best Tasting Traditional Kolacky

  • 1st Place: Poppy Seed - Mary Stanke, Montgomery
  • 2nd Place: Prune - Bernice Zelenka, New Prague
  • 3rd Place: Prune - Adeline Pomije, Owatonna
  • 3rd Place: Poppy Seed - Andrea Wick, New Prague

Best Tasting Non-Traditional Kolacky

  • 1st Place: Raspberry Cream Cheese, Brianna Skluzacek, New Prague
  • 2nd Place: Prune Apple - Mary Holtz, Montgomery
  • 3rd Place: Jiternice Kraut - Mary Stanke, Montgomery

Most Perfectly Shaped Kolacky

  • 1st Place: Apricot - Shannon Wick, New Prague
  • 2nd Place: Prune - Adeline Pomije, Owatonna

2015 Winners

Best Tasting Traditional Kolacky

  • 1st place Prune, Bernice Zelenka, New Prague
  • 2nd place Prune, Adeline Pomije, Owatonna
  • 3rd place Poppyseed, Marge Sticha, New Prague

Best Tasting Non-Traditional Kolacky

  • 1st place ­ Cream Cheese, Marge Sticha, New Prague
  • 2nd place Rhubarb, Lilian Malecha-Novotny, Montgomery
  • 3rd place Rhubarb Custard, Adeline Pomije, Owatonna

Most Perfectly Shaped Kolacky

  • 1st place Raspberry, Marge Sticha, New Prague
  • 2nd place Raspberry, Adeline Pomije, Owatonna
  • 3rd place – Rhubarb, Lilian Malecha-Novotny, Montgomery

2014 Winners

Best Tasting Traditional Kolacky

  • 1st place ­ Poppyseed, Linda Korbel, Webster
  • 2nd place ­ Prune, Linda Korbel, Webster
  • 3rd place ­ Prune, Adeline Pomije, Owatonna

Best Tasting Non-Traditional Kolacky

  • 1st place ­ Apricot, Linda Korbel, Webster
  • 2nd place ­ Date, Linda Korbel, Webster
  • 3rd place ­ Raspberry, Diane Drefcinski, Platteville, WI

Most Perfectly Shaped Kolacky

  • 1st place ­ Janell Franta, Montgomery
  • 2nd place ­ Adeline Pomije, Owatonna
  • 3rd place ­ Ludmila Palkova, Maplewood

 For a period of time, a 4th Class was included in this signature event.  Individuals would bake and enter a Kolacky in the Largest Kolacky Class.  Above is Mrs. Trcka with her own Glorified Bohemian Bun from the 1940s.

For a period of time, a 4th Class was included in this signature event.  Individuals would bake and enter a Kolacky in the Largest Kolacky Class.  Above is Mrs. Trcka with her own Glorified Bohemian Bun from the 1940s.


For More Information

Please contact the MACC by emailing kolackydays@frontier.com or calling (507) 953-0094.

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