On the east side of IH-35, about 10 miles north of Waco, sits a small community known as West, Texas. Before this week, not many outside of Texas were familiar with the place. Now, because of a devastating industrial explosion, West is a household name.
Texans know West because of a few places and events:
- The Czech Stop. Known for its kolaches, sausages, fresh bread, sandwiches and clean bathrooms. So familiar to travelers on IH-35 south, that many wait in lines that snake out the door, with gladness (and drooling mouths).
- Westfest. Held every Labor Day, over a two day period, this festival celebrates all that is Czech. From Oompah and polka bands, to foaming beer, to sausage on a stick….Westfest is the perfect example of small town celebration, and they do it with old town, European style.
- 2,600 of the friendliest Texans you will ever meet. The community of West is one of our state treasures, and we pride ourselves in hospitality in this state!