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Annual Kolache Fest celebrates Czech heritage

By Sonny Long
Sept. 26, 2012 at 4:26 a.m.

Clay Rainosek, 10, of Hallettsville, looks to the competition as he stuffs his mouth full of Kolache during a Kolache eating contest at the 16th annual Kolache Fest on Saturday at Hallettsville KC Hall. While the festival did feature its namesake baked good, it also brought live music and a parade to Hallettsville this weekend.

18th ANNUAL KOLACHE FEST

Knights of Columbus Hall, Hallettsville

Friday

5-11 p.m. - Arts and crafts

5-8 p.m. - Kolache sales

5-10 p.m. - Hamburgers

6:30 p.m. - "42" Domino warm-up game

7-11p.m. - Los Kolaches

Saturday

Knights of Columbus Hall, Hallettsville

7:45 a.m. - "42" Tournament

8 a.m. - 5K Fun run and walk

8 a.m.-9 p.m. - arts and crafts

8 a.m. - Kolache sales

9 a.m. - Food booths

9 a.m.-noon - Car show registration

10 a.m. - Parade

11 a.m.-2 p.m. - Southern Express

11 a.m.-2 p.m. - Dujka Brothers/Polka Club Dancers

11 a.m. - Kids inflatables

Noon - Kolache demonstration

12:30 p.m. - Car show judging

1 p.m - Stew turn-in

1:30 p.m. - Strudel demonstration

2 p.m. - Kolache eating contest

2-4 p.m. - Red Ravens/Polka Club dancers

2 p.m. - Washer/Horseshoe tourney

2:30 p.m. - Square dancers

3 p.m. - Noodle demonstration

3 p.m. - Stew awards

3:15 p.m. - "Minute To Win It" games

3:30 p.m. - Car show awards

4-7 p.m. - Czechoholics

7-9 p.m. - Acoustic Trio

KOLACHE OR NOT?

In Hallettsville there is no confusion about what a kolache is - a fruit-filled pastry. Czechs traditionally had five popular flavors of kolache: pineapple, apricot, prune, cottage cheese and poppy seed. But the name is often also applied to sausage in a similar bread that resembles a "pig-in-a-blanket." Either is considered correct, just make sure you know what you are ordering.

HALLETTSVILLE - Kolaches and Hallettsville go hand-in-hand.

Or hand-to-mouth, if you will.

The 18th annual Kolache Fest kicks off Friday at the Knights of Columbus Hall as the county seat of Lavaca County celebrates its Czech heritage.

Reggie Brisco, a founding director of the festival in 1994, said in addition to honoring the town's cultural heritage, the festival is also an opportunity for area nonprofit organizations to raise money with food booths during the event.

"The festival gives everyone a chance to do some fundraising and enjoy great food and great music," Brisco said.



Variety of events

Kolache sales begin and arts and crafts booths open at 5 p.m. Friday. "42" domino warm-up games start at 6:30 p.m.

The first music of the weekend cranks up at 7 p.m. as the aptly named Los Kolaches take the stage in the food court.

Festivities start early Saturday as the "42" tournament begins at 7:45 a.m. in the KC Hall and a 5K Fun Run & Walks starts at 8 a.m. on the square downtown.

Saturday highlights include the downtown parade at 10 a.m., a kolache making demonstration at noon, a strudel making demonstration at 1:30 p.m. and a noodle demonstration at 3 p.m.

The popular kolache eating contest starts at 2 p.m. "Minute to Win It" type games will start at 3:15 p.m.

Activities for children are throughout the day as well as polka dancing, a car show, washer and horseshoe tournament and stew contest.



Tunes

And then there's the music.

On Saturday at 11 a.m., Southern Express kicks off things in the Biergarten and the Dujka Brothers crank it up in the food court.

The Red Ravens will take the Biergarten stage at 2 p.m., followed by the Czechoholics at 4 p.m.

At 7 p.m., Ryan Thompson, Kendra Krupala and Damon Billimek will share their acoustic talents until 9 p.m.

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