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Celebrate and eat a few kolache at Saturday festival for pastry

Andrea Lorenz

For nearly the past 30 years, Caldwell in Burleson County has grown exponentially for one day each September as revelers come to celebrate that yummy vestige of Czech culture: the kolache.

The kolache (pronounced ko-lotch if just one pastry, ko-lotch-ee for the plural) is made up of a dough filled with fruit or cheese, and at the Kolache Festival, 18 of the 40 or so food booths focus solely on kolaches of any flavor you can imagine. More than 200 arts-and-crafts booths make the event, which gets under way at 9 a.m. Saturday, spanning several city blocks. There's an adventure land for the kids, living history demonstrations at nearby museums, a classic car show (with motorcycles, too) and an antique machinery and tractor display.

But a big draw is the annual kolache-eating contest, broken into competitions for women, children, men and teams. The contests are free to enter and award cash prizes.

If you want to make an evening of it, come Friday evening to watch the 2011 Miss Kolache Festival crowned at a fundraiser for the Czech Heritage Museum.

Entry to festival is free. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/aI2VsB .

For more on upcoming festivals around Central Texas, visit statesman.com/travel.