Wednesday, September 06, 2006
OVER 24,500 MAKE WESTFEST THIS YEAR
Considering that our population is less that 3,000, that's not bad..it was up 2,000 from last year...Now listen up folks this is a big deal...Stephanie Lee was crowned Miss Westfest of 2006.The Westfest started out with the crowning of the new Westfest who is 19-year old Stephanie Lee. She is the daughter of Pat Lee,a sophmore at MCC and her contest sponser was Community Grocery Store.She is a communication major and plans to attend either University of Texas at Arlington or Texas A&M after graduating from MCC.She said:"I was shocked and started crying, I'm honored and very proud to hold the title and hope I can be an inspiration to our youth." As Miss Westfest, she hopes to"promote Czech culture and inspire our youth. I want to tell them to keep trying and never give up."
The reason I am making a big deal over this part of the story about Westfest is because the article in the paper did not once mention.....that she has been blind since birth. I only mention it because I'm so proud that they didn't...
Ok, are you ready for the best part? Just how much food was there? I can tell you how much they ate:1,965 hamburgers,1,130 corney dogs,1,110lbs. of french fries,5,200 kolaches,650 turkey legs,250 hot dogs,600 baked potatoes,3,400 lbs. of spudzillas,4,500 sausage sandwiches,sausage sticks and sausage and kraut plates and an additional 1,300 lbs. of sausage for sandwiches,1,440 roasted ears of corn,1,200 snowcones,2,640 bottles of water and 800
servings of cotton candy,300 small bags and 500 large bags of Bavarian nuts,200 lbs. of corn for kettle corn,50 lbs. of uncooked pork rinds,80 loaves of bread,1,987 skunk eggs,350 soft ice cream and cones,3 cases of fried green tomatoes,20 gallons of fried pickles,30 lbs. of fried squash,400 ice cream floats,250lbs. of sausage products(more sausage),70 gallons of saurerkraut,400 small corn on the cob,1,750 funnel cakes,150 rosettes,420 gyros,75 spanakopita,1,900 nachos, 150 dozen tamales,300 fajitas,125 frito pies( I love frito pies),297 cabbage rolls,350 tacos,250 chalupas, 250 burritos,and 25 strudles....burp..fart..sigh****..
I will have some pictures in a week or so...But the bad part about Westfest is that they are cracking down so hard on dui's and I really understand that..especially after the last dui wreck killed a mother of 3..So I am thinking they should erect another huge tent with tables, chairs and serve breakfast with coffee and juice...just pancakes and scrambled eggs...maybe even have the coffee and juice be free and charge just enough to cover the cost of breakfast...Because I know the police were out in droves looking for drunk drivers
and there are lots of them after a day of drinking beer..so if they want the numbers to grow instead of dwindle(had 42,000 one year)..I think they are going to have to consider it..plus they are going to have to get better big draw names...we had Asleep At The Wheel one year and that drew alot of people..but we need to pay more to get better groups..maybe an American Idol winner or ...one that placed.
I think I will go to the next Westfest commitee meeting..I have some ideas that I think will help...but since my last name doesn't end with a vowel...they probably won't pay any attention to me..even after all these years I am still not czech..and that counts around here...
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
West is a city in McLennan County, Texas, USA. The population was 2,692 at the 2000 census.
Despite its name it is located in the central part of Texas, north of Waco. Also, most of the city is located on the east side of Interstate 35.
West is located at 31°48′12″N, 97°5′35″W (31.803369, -97.093106)GR1.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.0 km² (1.6 mi²), all land.
As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 2,692 people, 1,045 households, and 698 families residing in the city. The population density was 666.3/km² (1,731.1/mi²). There were 1,143 housing units at an average density of 282.9/km² (735.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.09% White, 4.20% African American, 0.56% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.78% from other races, and 1.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.14% of the population. The majority of the Anglo population is of Czech descent; West bills itself as "the kolache capital of Texas".
There were 1,045 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.03.
In the city the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 17.0% from 45 to 64, and 25.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 85.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $32,580, and the median income for a family was $43,090. Males had a median income of $30,292 versus $22,825 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,421. About 13.7% of families and 15.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.5% of those under age 18 and 17.6% of those age 65 or over.
West is the home of Major League Baseball player Scott Podsednik, a member of the 2005 World Championship Chicago White Sox.
West is Home of the Famous WestFest which during its Heydey drew up to 35,000 over 3 days. WestFest Home Page
this is here thanks to the lovely sweet and good friend Babs..I can't scan, copy, paste or scratch my ass with my left hand..so many thanks to my bud Babs..(she refuses to help me with the ass scratching though..)
Hope you make Westfest next year.....