Volunteers spoon apricot filling into kolache dough to prepare for a past St. Ludmila’s Kolach Festival in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (photo/Cindy Hadish)

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Like many events that were put on hold for the pandemic, the St. Ludmila’s Kolach Festival plans a return for 2022.

Volunteers bake thousands of the popular fruit-filled Czech pastries for the festival, scheduled this year from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 11, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12.

See photos from the 2019 kolache bake.

Baking the kolaches — or koláče in Czech — will begin Friday night. The average number baked for the festival in the recent past is 5,500 dozen, or 66,000 kolaches, which this year will cost $15/dozen; $7.50/half dozen or $1.50/single.

The festival, which began in 1938, has been shortened to two days from its usual three, but will include several mainstays in addition to kolache sales, including bingo games, a Kiddieland, raffle, silent auction, beer and wine garden and live entertainment.

Activities take place on the grounds of St. Ludmila Catholic Church, 211 21st Ave. SW, in Cedar Rapids.

Skeeter Louis All-Stars w/ Dan ‘DJ’ Johnson will perform from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, June 11, and Barefoot Becky & the Ivanhoe Dutchmen will be featured during Mass at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 12.

Find the full schedule at: kolachfestival.org and see photos from a previous Kolach Festival.

The Czech Royal Court poses for a photo after their appearance during a past Kolach Festival in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (photo/Cindy Hadish)