Every Labor Day weekend as long as I can remember has been filled with Czech food and dancing...and heat! This weekend was the same except for the unusually cool Texas weather. For those that don't know...I grew up close to West, Texas (West comma Texas not the west Texas full of tumble weeds and Red Raiders). On Labor Day weekend, the town celebrates its Czech heritage with a huge festival full of authentic food, polka, pivo(beer), a parade, arts and crafts, a tractor pull, a 5K run(where you actually get Kolache's at the end), and lots of cool stuff for kids. This year Rylin got to experience his first Westfest! We came in Friday and my brother fried the fish we caught on our family weekend along with homemade onion rings and hush puppies. On Saturday morning we started out the day with the Westfest parade. Not exactly comparable to Macy's Thanksgiving Day extravaganza, but fun none the less. Rylin loved that people on floats were waving at him and his little hand was surely tired by the end because he waved back at everyone!
His cousins caught more candy than they could ever eat, and I know it won't be long before Rylin is right there with them.
After the parade we headed over to the fair grounds for the kids to enjoy some carnival rides. Rylin got to go on his first merry-go-round and he loved it!
Rylin loves his Uncle David...especially his prickly beard!
We then sat down to eat some yummy sausage, sour kraut, and potatoes and even a funnel cake. Rylin came down with some crazy rash on Friday and had not been wanting to eat; however, he would not let the sugar coated breaded goodness go to waste!
After a nap at home, Jordan and I, along with my brothers and sister-in-laws went back out to Westfest while MiMi and Papa kept the kids. We ate some more great food, watched the end of the tractor pull and horseshoe tournament, and ended our weekend with a crazy polka to Brave Combo(the best Polka band ever)!