Dumplings for dollars Cultural delicacy serves as tasty Miss Czech Slovak MN Pageant fundraiser

By: 
Wade Young, wade@montgomerymnnews.com

A team of volunteers prepared more than 3,000 potato dumplings over the weekend at TCU High School. The dumplings will be sold at Miss Czech Slovak Minnesota Pageant’s fundraising booth during Kolacky Days this weekend. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Vlasak)

They’ll be dishing up delicious dumplings at the Miss Czech Slovak Minnesota Pageant booth this weekend.

Volunteers mixed, formed, rolled and cooked 3,060 potato dumplings on Sunday, July 18 in the Tri-City United High School kitchen. (That’s 12 and a half 25-pound bags of flour and 24 five-pound cans of potatoes!)

The dumplings will be sold as part of the stand’s popular Czech Meal Deals throughout the weekend at Memorial Park.

According to Miss Czech Slovak Minnesota Pageant Board President Deb Vlasak, making the dumplings to sell at the stand along with other ethnic foods during Kolacky Days helps the Pageant Board raise funds to provide royalty with the opportunity to attend community events and festivals throughout the year. The hands-on traditional dumpling making also helps spread—and celebrate—the Czech-Slovak culinary tradition. “The Miss Czech Slovak Minnesota Pageant Board strives to encourage young women to perpetuate the heritage, culture and traditions of the Czechs, Moravians and Slovaks in Minnesota,” Vlasak stated. “Dumpling making has become a tradition for some, and is a time for...

To see more on this story pick up the July 22, 2021 print edition of the Montgomery Messenger. 

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