Thursday, August 25, 2005
ONE WEEK TIL WESTFEST ...HOT DAMN
this is westfest's 30th year of blash throwing for czech's..The event begins with the westfest preview party(which used to be the best street dance ever, fuckers)..beginning at 5:30pm Sept. 3rd.the miss westfest pagent set to begin at 7pm..this is where homegrown beer fed young ladies vie for the coveted crown..Rising country and western singer Pauline Reese of Temple, Texas will sing, followed by one of my favorite groups, the Austin-bsed, western swing band, Asleep at the Wheel. All of this takes place in the east tent..There is a children's area where the kids will be able to ride all the rides for $15, the price does not include the price of admission or the price of any games..(when it first started 30 years ago it was $1 to get in and think pevo(beer in czech) was $1 also..All military personnel will get discounted rates along with anyone over 65..(three more years to go for me)
The parade starts at 9am..and west fest opens at 11pm..the parade is really really big...lots of floats, cool old cars, kids on bikes, and assorted hot shot politicians going for the photo op..New for this westsfest is a tractor pull..trophies will be awarded to winners..there will be a traveling ag in the classroom program. it is a mobile exhibit to show kids grade 1 thru 6 how agriculture touches everday lives..(wow, how....dull) it will be a hands on exhibit that should appeal to city and country folk alike...(you betcha)also on the grounds are 32 booths of foods, hours of ethnic entertainment under the Cultural Amphitheater, over 70 arts and craft exhibitors, along with polka music and dancing under both the east and west tents..For the second year there will be a musical talent show. Other items for the festival include, an antique tractor display, karaoke and the return of the Mobile Dairy Classroom(gasp, the excitement of it all). There will be a Taroky tournament.Also volley ball and horse shoe contests.Ane dont forget the washer pitching contest too.and the high light of the festival is Brave Combo..grammy winning Brave Combo i should say...and since this is the 30 year anniversary there will be fireworks..Bishop Peter Esterka of Orange, Calif. is to celebrate the polka mass. Plus there is the kolache baking contest...so a fun time will be had by all.. the population of west is 2,268 normally..over the westfest weekend it will swell to over 30,000 people..i can hardly wait..which means everyone goes to the store and stocks up for 3 days as no one who is used to sitting at a stop sign and waiting for no more than 8-9 cars is going to want to sit at a stop sign and wait for 50 cars...fuck no...not me...nope no way..but then there is the humor factor of watching all them drunk czech's fall down and throw up on their shoes...cant wait.