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Caldwell Kolache Fest Sept. 9

Caldwell Kolache Fest Sept. 9

Caldwell Kolache Fest Sept. 9


Caldwell, the thriving Czech heritage community of about 3000 on Hwy 36 north of Brenham, is calling! On Saturday, September 9, the “Kolache Capital of Texas” will come alive, celebrating the 22nd Annual Caldwell Kolache Festival.

Like Any well-planned Czech festival, the Kolache Festival, has music and dance, performances, arts & crafts, kolache eating/cooking contests, demonstrations, and a whole lot more.

Events actually begin on Friday Sept. 8 with a Pre-Fest Party at the Burleson County Czech Heritage Museum with a Czech meal at 5:30-7:30, and a street dance 6-10 p.m. to the music of Chris Rybak and the Haisler Family Band.

The Fest kicks of 9 a.m. Saturday on the downtown square, where activities continue until 6 p.m.. The opening ceremony includes crowning of the festival royalty and a performance by the New Tabor SPJST Youth Beseda Dancers. The Kolache Eating Contest is at 11:30.

South Stage bands include the Original Kolache Fest Band (9:30) with Parade of Costumes, Kovanda´s Czech Band (10-11:30) and Johnny Underwood Solo Sounds (2 & 4 p.m.). The Czech Heritage Dancers and the Po.L.K. of A. Choral Group will also perform.

Over on the North Stage, it´s the Czechaholics (9 a.m.), the Shiner Hobo Band (11 a.m.) and the Rising Stars (1 p.m.).

But then the action shifts to the street dancing again, with Chris Rybak (4-6) and the Lazy Farmers (6-10) to wrap up the great day of music and dance.

Demonstrations adding to the fun throughout the day will include egg decorating, cane weaving, grist mill, bobbin lace, dulcimer players, horse sculptors blacksmith and much more.

Attractions include 220+ arts and crafts vendors, Czech genealogy search, quilt show, antique tractor and machinery, the SPJST mini-museum.

But what about food, you say? Along with the spicy sausages, pasta dishes and fruit-filled kolache pastries, the festival promotes all forms of authentic Czech cooking. There will be over 50 food vendors.

The Kolache Eating Contest provides a fun state championship competition, and local bakers also vie for the coveted title of Champion Kolache Baker in the celebrity-judged Kolache Bake-Off.

The Festival is held on Caldwell´s Courthouse Square, spilling over into adjoining streets and business for an amazing 16 square blocks. Caldwell itself is located at the intersection of State Highways 21 and 36, centered between Brenham, Cameron and College Station.

The Caldwell Kolache Festival is calling you! For additional information, see the ad page 10, or call 979-567-0000. You can also look up the fest web site at www.burlesoncountytx.com.

The Caldwell Kolache Festival is a Texas tradition that you just gotta see!

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