Crowds get their fix at the Caldwell Kolache Festival.

Kolaches never go out of style, but if it’s kolache fellowship you seek, September is the time to find it. WestFest kicks off the festivities on Labor Day Weekend, followed by Caldwell’s Kolache Festival and Hallettsville’s Kolache Fest closes out the month.

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WestFest, Sept. 2-4

On Friday, September 2, WestFest in West offers a preview party with festive dancing, food and the Miss WestFest contest.

There’s a 42 Domino tournament on Saturday. It’s the state’s official domino game, and we think it’s fun enough to include in our Texas Bucket List. If you can’t play, watching should be fun, too.

Think you make the best kolaches? Show off your skills with the kolache baking contest.

There’s a kolache-eating contest on Sunday, if you think you can muster it (some of us have practiced more than we’re willing to admit!).

Check the schedule for a complete list of events, but as with every Labor Day weekend, this event ensures it’s a fun-filled weekend in West.

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Caldwell Kolache FestivalYou’re never too young to participate in a kolache-eating contest.

, Sept. 9-10

The 32nd annual Caldwell Kolache Festival is the community’s way of celebrating and continually connecting to its Czech heritage. With that, this event is rich with cultural connections from demonstrations on quilting, woodcrafting, carving and sculpturing to the dance (Polka) and the music of the Czech culture.

And what kind of festival would it be without food – lots of delicious food, including the kolache, of course.

If you want to keep this in mind for next year, too, remember that it’s always the second Saturday in September.

Kolache Fest, Sept. 24

It all started with the German and Czechoslovakian immigrants who settled in Hallettsville in the 1800s, and it continues with a fun event that celebrates that heritage.

The Kolache Fest puts the sweet, fruit-filled pastry on a pedestal via eating contests and a parade through Hallettsville’s downtown square. Attendees can also enjoy craft booths, a classic car show, games and activity booths.

The tone of the event will be set by lively polka music that will make you want to dance. And there’s time for that, with a dance slated to cap off the evening.

If you go and fall in love with the event, just remember for next year, it’s always held the last Saturday in September.

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