Czech Day kolache baking winds down in Yukon

Eight flavors featured at Oklahoma Czech Fest set Oct. 2; parade entries sorely needed

Oklahoma Czechs, Inc. members stand besides trays of fresh-baked kolaches inside the Czech Building at Fifth and Cedar: From left, Marjorie Jezek, Cindy Fridrich, Gary Olvera, Ray Dillberg, Chris Cross, Milo Shedeck, Lucy Shedeck, Gloria Olvera, and Jaime Olvera. Two volunteer crews started baking in early July to prepare 24,000 kolaches for the 55th Oklahoma Czech Festival set Saturday, Oct. 2 in Yukon. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

Kolache baking is winding down with Yukon’s Czech Day just six weeks away.

Volunteers with Oklahoma Czechs, Inc. have been preparing the popular Czech pastry since early July inside the Czech Building, Fifth and Cedar.

Two baking crews have prepared 2,000 dozen sweet kolaches for the 55th Oklahoma Czech Festival set Saturday, Oct. 2 in downtown Yukon.

There will be eight flavors sold on the festival grounds – apricot, apple, cherry, cream cheese, lemon, poppy seed, prune, and strawberry.

Oklahoma Czechs’ volunteer Cindy Fridrich places stickers on bags that will hold trays of kolaches sold during the Oklahoma Czech Festival on Oct. 2 in Yukon. There will be eight flavors offered this year. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

Meanwhile, only 28 entries have registered so far for the popular Czech Day parade on Main Street.

First-year parade chairman Jaime Olvera hopes to have 100 entries – but the Sept. 1st application deadline fast approaches.

To register for the Oct. 2nd Yukon Czech parade, call Olvera at (405) 210-0210.

This will be the 55th Oklahoma Czech Festival in Yukon. The Oklahoma Czechs’ October 2020 festival was canceled due to COVID-19.

Read more about the triumphant return of the official Oklahoma Czech Festival to Yukon in upcoming print and online editions of The Yukon Progress.