Kolacky Days planning continues

Planning for our famous festival, Kolacky Days, continues, with just six weeks until the event.
The Montgomery Area Community Club (MACC), the organization that sponsors the event, and its Kolacky Days committee that organizes it, have been meeting since last fall to ensure the event continues. Planning the event has changed from previous years due to the closing of the Mobilize Montgomery office that did the majority of the leg work before and during the event.
The MACC met on Monday, June 3, and conducted regular monthly business, as well as hear updates on KD planning.
President Mark Peterson called the meeting to order and heard from Bob Rotter who announced he has KD Raffle Tickets. He discussed methods of selling the tickets and looked for assistance to sell them. 
Maureen Franek provided a list of questions from MACC’s part-time office worker, Jessica Westerman. Questions included KD advertising, insurance coverage, truck and tractor pull, Queen pageant and Czech dinner,  beer prices, and clean-up, and a beverage stand by B-Bop inflatable area for kids. 
When talking about the food vendors in Memorial Park, Peterson said Subway would not be in the park due to corporate convention conflicts, and that the food committee has not heard back from the Schroeder Foods that provides mini-donuts.
Peterson stressed that now that Kolacky Days is being organized by an all-volunteer group (no Mobilize Montgomery), some things may change in the festival. He said the committee is looking for organizers for the Kiddie Parade, Softball and Volleyball Tournaments.
“Some things may change,” he said.
Meet and Greet
Franek expressed concern about communication between MACC and its members since it no longer has luncheons. She suggested a get-together in the evening for MACC members. 
The group decided to hold a Meet and Greet on Monday, July 8, at Memorial Park beginning at 7 p.m. The event will include the Kolacky Royalty who will talk about their year, the candidates who are running for a title this year, and the introduction of this year’s Grand Marshals.
Charitable Gambling
In her report, Franek stated that the charitable gambling account had another good month with pulltabs at Happy Hour Bar. She reported a beginning balance of $36,523 and income of $7,717. After $3,789 in expenses were deducted, that left an ending balance of $40,450. 
Franek was shocked at the amount the pulltabs brought in.
“In my 20-plus years doing this, I never remember having had that much,” she said. “We need to do something with the money, like make donations.”
The group discussed some ideas for the money that has strict regulations on its distribution, but none were approved.
Meet and Greet
When: Monday, July 8
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Memorial Park
Why: Hear who is this year’s Grand Marshals and meet this year’s Kolacky Days Queen candidates. 
Beverages and cookies will be served.

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