First Westfest since explosion set for town

Posted at 2:37 PM, Aug 30, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-30 15:40:36-04

WEST, Texas (AP) - West is set to be awash in sausage, sauerkraut and its famous kolaches this weekend as the town holds its signature celebration of its Czech heritage - the first Westfest since a deadly fertilizer plant explosion tore through the small community.

The annual festival, which runs Friday through Sunday, will go on as usual this year, with only a few reminders of the tragedy.

Brian Muska, a West City Council member, says, "We've had our memorials. We want Westfest to be Westfest, and we want to celebrate what West is about."

Besides appearances from state politicians and a moment of silence for those killed in the explosion, organizers hope to stick to Westfest traditions that have stayed more or less the same for decades.

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