Houston Smart Car Club's September Event - Kolache Festival

So the Houston Club decided they wanted to try an "Invade a small town day" and I decided on a town that also had a festival as well to add to the things we could do. Our first out of town trip had 4 smarties show up with a total of 9 people.

We met at Sam'd deli diner out on Pin Oak Rd and I-10 to caravan to Halletsville, TX. Started at 6:00 am to meet up at 7:00 and headed out around 7:30 ish.

Our first order of business was to get in line for the parade. For a small town they sure had a lot of entries, we were number fourty in line and they had at least another dozen floats after us.

They had all the neighboring towns come and show off their town's beauty queens. Luling is about an hour east of San Antonio, up 183 from I-10.

They had your fancy trail riders...

County beauty queens...

Of course the Shriners were there clowning around in their funny little cars.

And more pretty girls...

Polka anyone? I didn't even know there was a club for Polka Lover's.

And then there was us! We drove through downtown Halletsville and man do you ever feel like you have gone back in time.

We took a turn around the old town square before heading back to the city park where the whole parade started.

Of course, we were the favorite entry for all the little kids as they just stopped and stared at our little cars.

After the parade we headed over to the Knights of Columbus hall where the actual fair was being held. They had all sorts of things to see and participate in, including some for the kids.

There was a classic car show going on next to the parking lot area. I think Herman Munster was there.

Umm...Bel Air?...somebody help me out here.

69 Fastback Mustang, this one was easy to pick out.

Corvette Stingray

They had plenty of live music to entertain you, Czech music at that.

Hey Bill, glad you could join us for this trip, hope we can do this again real soon!

Kolaches for sale of course. Did you know that kolaches are supposed to be made with a fruit filling? And that Pigs in a Blanket are the sausages with breading around them that we have been calling kolaches?

Jenna showed up as well but brought the technology with her. Put the phone down. go have some fun!

Vendors selling their wares...mostly arts and crafts kind of stuff. Jewelry, art, blankets with school logos, t-shirts...

Good picture of Gus and Hilda!

Petting zoo for the kids; lama ride if you could stand the smell.

Cute little floppy earred bunny. I had one when I was a kid, one day Mom told me it ran away. Later that night the chicken we had for dinner seemed kinda long in body and big in the head and feet. Wonder how my bunny is doing these days?

This little piggy ran around and squealled the whole time till the kids let it alone.

And my crazy brother in law came along even though he has yet to buy a Smart car. He wanted to see me in the eating contest with Gus.

Raffle for a electric ATV and trailer. Wish me luck!

A brief look back into our past...

Rock climbing wall also for the kids.

And even kolache baking demonstrations!

OK so here we are at the begining of the contest. We have 3 kolaches to eat, about half a glass of water to wash it down with, and the first one to clean their plate and ring the bell wins! Take note here, from left to right, it's Tommy, Gus, The Mouth of Halletsville, some girl, a guy that's too busy looking instead of eating, and then a guy that begins by drinking instead of eating.

After 5 seconds, I had about half of the first one down but needed a drink. Gus decides to check out the competition and looks to his left...

10 secnds into it and Gus tells me to look at the Mouth of Halletsville. Check out the expression on his face!

15 seconds in and I almost get one down and the Mouth of Halletsville stands up and rings his bell. The expression on the girl's face is worth a thousand words! HA!

So we didn't win the contest but we had fun trying. Maybe we can do this with another small town again, I will look for the next festival near Houston. Till then, drive smart people!

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Comment by Marvin Shavers on November 13, 2010 at 9:39am
What a wonderful idea! I hope you don't mind if I "borrow" your idea one day for my club here in Jacksonville. That small town parade looked better than our big town parade that they wouldn't let us get into!
Comment by Velazquez, Hilda & Gustavo on October 18, 2010 at 3:26pm
We had a good time. Thanks Tommy, nice blog!
Comment by Tommy Wong on October 14, 2010 at 4:30pm
Yeah, the brother in law went to see the eating contest but does not have a smart car. He drove his own SUV.
Comment by Richard Baker on October 13, 2010 at 10:30am
Great posting, you did a wonderful job. BUT.... 4 Smart cars equals 8 seats equals 9 people? Even my wife, who is 4'10" is "snug" in the back seat!!!!!!! OK. I really do get the one who did not have a smart car, great job
Comment by seadave on October 13, 2010 at 9:37am
GREAT bunch of pics, commentary, and looks like a GREAT time!! Wish we could have made it.

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