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Kolache Festival celebrates Czech heritage

By by CAMILLE M. DOTY - CDOTY@VICAD.COM
Sept. 21, 2011 at 4:21 a.m.


Kolaches are the main attraction this weekend at the 17th annual Hallettsville Kolache Fest at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

Hosted by the Hallettsville Chamber of Commerce, the festival begins Friday and continues through Saturday night.

Immigrants from Germany and Czechoslovakia began settling the in community in the mid 1800s. The festival is a way for people to come together from different generations to have fun and celebrate their heritage.

"It's a close-knit community and passing down their heritage and family traditions is important to them," said Lori Popp.

The a warm up "42" domino tournament will kickoff the event at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

And it just wouldn't be a festival without music.

The Los Kolaches band will play music under the pavilion from 7 - 11 p.m. Friday.

Other musical entertainment on Saturday includes the Southern Express, Chris Rybak, Bad Bob Rohan and Texas Dream.

The Ross Brunner Band is scheduled to be the headlining act.

Early risers can begin their Saturday morning with a 42 domino tournament.

The parade on the downtown square will be at 10 a.m.

For those who want to earn bragging rights, a stew cook off, and a horseshoe and washer competition. Those with stomach of steel can enter the kolache eating contest at 2 p.m..

For those wanting to learn to make pastries can participate in strudel and kolache making demonstrations will take place at 2:30 p.m..

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