WEST, Texas (AP) — A weekend of sausage, sauerkraut and its famous kolaches is underway in West as the Central Texas town holds its signature celebration of its Czech heritage.
It's the first Westfest since a deadly fertilizer plant explosion tore through the small community.
The gates opened late Friday afternoon to the annual festival, which runs through Sunday with only a few reminders of the tragedy.
Brian Muska (MOOSH'-ka), a West City Council member, says the town has — in his words — "had our memorials." He says the town wants Westfest "to be Westfest," to "celebrate what West is about."
Besides appearances by state politicians and a moment of silence for those 15 killed by the April 17 explosion, organizers hope to stick to Westfest traditions that are decades-old.
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