The West News (West, Tex.), Vol. 92, No. 42, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 9, 1982 Page: 1 of 12
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Largest crowd ever...
40,000 Flock to City During Two Days of Westfest Activities
An estimated 40,000 festival seekers passed through the
Westfest grounds this past weekend making it the largest in the
event's seven year history, Westfest President John Hurtick
"It (the crowd) was the best we ever had," Hurtick said while
explaining there wereaseveral reasons for the increased crowd
number. One reason, he cited, was the news media's exposure
Cecilia Matus was crowned Miss Westfest 1982 following
Friday night’s pageant in West. Istaff photo by Larry Knapekl
of Westfest. They helped in spreading the word and the
governor's participation in the Saturday's parade and the
opening ceremony also aided the first day's attendance.
The Westfest president also said the weekend's cooler
weather also was a factor in the larger crowds.
The large number of Westfesters was most evident at the
festival’s food booth’s where almost all sold out by late
Saturday. He also said the beer consumption during the two
days was up slightly over last year's which was estimated around
The festival visitors found plenty of time for eating as is
witnessed by the food consumption statistics released by Mary
Francis Tobola, West public relations chairman. The following is
a two day total of food sold at some booths: 1,200 sausage rolls,
1,300 cabbage rolls, 7,500 potato pancakes, 1,500 beer bread
sandwiches, 2,700 corny dogs, 50 gallons of sauerkraut, 585
pounds of potatoes, 950 hamburgers, 3,000 barbecue
sandwiches, 950 dozen kolaches (combined total of two booths)
and 480 loaves of bread.
The Nemecek Bros, meat market reported selling 13,000
pounds of meat products during Westfest. This total includes the
meat sold both at the market and at the festival grounds, Miss
Tobola said. Winners of the hams given away at the Nemecek
Bros, booth were Dix Dahmen (Saturday) and John Firestone
The Miss Westfest contest started the festival activities as a
large group of spectators watched as Cecilia Matus won the title.
The 17-year-old Miss Matus was sponsored by Nors Saw
Sharpening. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Matus
During the parade, judges named the following as winners in
the float division: West Bank and Trust float (first), State
National Bank (second) and West Girl Scouts (third). The
following were winners in the parade's bicycle division: age 6-9,
Shawn Kaluza (first), Missy Tlustos (second), Amanda Atlas
(third): and ages 10-12, Pam Kucera (first), Bobby Tlustos
(second) and Jeremy Atlas (third).
Under the entertainment tent at the festival, various dance
groups and singers performed during the two days. Also under
this tent, a Czech costume contest occurred Saturday. Mrs.
Maggie Grmela, program coordinator in this area said the
winners were: women’s original - Clarine Blahuta (first), Willa
Mae Cervenka (second), Mildred Dokupil (third)) men's original
- George Blahuta (first), Alden Smith (second); women’s Texas
Czech costumes - Mildred Dokupil (first), Hattie Slovak
(second), Shelly Chudej (third); men's - Eddie Oats (first), Terry
Sefcik (second), Joe Bednar (third); and children's division
Kristi Hutchinson (first), Kristi Dokupil (second) and Tori
Also under this tent, a dance contest occurred Sunday. The
winners were: polka contest - Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Edwards of
Arkansas (first), Mr. and Mrs. Ron Findlev of Fort Worth
(second), Mr. and Mrs. John Sodek (third); and waltz - Deborah
Harris and John Placik of Lewisville (first(. Sue Tennis and Greg
Churchill of Dallas (second) and Sharon Kahanek and Wayne
Cox of Waco (third).
One hundred and forty-two runners competed in the Kolache
5,000 meter run Sunday morning. Terry Garret of Waco was the
fastest male runner finishing the three mile run in 14 minutes
and 47 seconds. Veronica Clafferty was the fastest woman with a
time of 18.17.
In the Westfest Battle of the Stars, the West High School
sophmores were the overall winners with the juniors finishing
Ninth graders Robert Jares and Sandra Sykora were winners
in the contest's egg throwing event. Amanda Gerik and Theresa
Hajek (juniors) won the three-legged race and Dave Seltnan and
Terry Reddell (seniors) won the wheel barrel race. Hank Hardin
(sophmore) was the sack race winner and the juniors won the
relay race. Winners in the tug-o-war were: junior boys, senior
girls and sophmore girls.
Though Westfest 1982 just finished, Hurtick said some
changes are already planned for next year. He said Westfest
would probably enlarge the upper beer tent and would try to put
contemporary type music there. He also added they would be
looking for different types of entertainment to put in the rodeo
Concerning the festival’s finances, Hurtick said the
preliminary reports “look very good” and a complete financial
report from the festival will be given at an October 6 Westfest
Inc. general meeting.
Governor Bill Clements visits West
West Trojans Knock-out Cadets 18-13
West PTA Membership Drive this Week
West PTA executive officers met with the principals
and superintendent recently and have set PTA meeting
dates for the school year.
Area wide PTA membership was also discussed with
the membership drive starting this week. All parents,
grandparents, friends and members of our community
are asked to join PTA and support our children's
Those wanting to join the West PrA please call
Wanda Adair, membership chairman. 826-5658.
“Let's make it a community effort - we’d like to see
all of you as members and attending the meetings,”
Mrs. Adair said. "We’ll see you September 20.
Gholson Extension Homemakers Club to Meet
The Gholson Extension Homemakers Club will meet
at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14, at the home of Mrs. Anita
Cantrell, Rt. 5, Highway 933. The program will be
entitled, “Shape-Up,” and speakers will be Zella
Everett and Mildred Clark.
All interested homemakers are invited to attend.
1962 Class Reunion Meeting
The 1962 class reunion meeting is scheduled to meet
at Eugene Bajer’s house, 1505 N. Davis, at 8 p.m.
Thursday, September 9. This is the final meeting
before Homecoming. Anyone living in the area is asked
to please come to help with last minute details.
Good blocking •••■•
Governor Bill Clements visited West Saturday to serve as
Westfest parade marshal and participate in the festival's
opening ceremony. Clements greets Jim Groan, a Westfest
director, prior to his press conference in West Saturday
morning. [staff photo by Larry Knapek]
mented on the "lovliness of
Westfest" and the couple’s
visit to Czechoslovakia three
Prior to the parade, the
governor had a brief press
conference in the West Bank
and Trust Annex. At the
beginning of the speech, he
explained that Texas was the
"matrix of many cultures and
the Czech group represented
here and in various other
Texas cities aided in keeping
cultural traditions going.”
Following a question con-
cerning Mexico's financial
situation, Clements stated
"we (Texas) have a good
relationship with Mexico" and
it will continue to get better.
He described the nationaliza-
tion of Mexican banks as a
step Mexican President Lopez
Portillo took “to defend the
peso.” He explained that this
action was "part of being
When queried if he was still
ahead in the polls, the
governor commented with an
emphatic “absolutely” and
explained his leading position
in the poll.
During his West visit, the
governor received several
gifts from the city and
Westfest. Mayor A.J. Muska
presented Clements a West-
fest vest and sunglasses as
souvenirs from the festival.
He also presented the
governor and his wife a plaque
making them "honorary
Czechs for the day.” He
presented Mrs. Gements with
a box of assorted kolaches.
Ricky Kettler [641 and Kevin Goates [631 throw soma key blocks
to spring West Trojan Kevin Martin 1261 for some yardage
during the final minutes of the West-Connally game last Friday.
[staff photo by Larry Knapek]
by Charles Conner
The West Trojans finally
were able to knock out the
Gass AAAA Connally Cadets
18-13 after losing the past
three seasons. The first game
of the gridiron season got off
on the right note as West
scored three touchdowns.
Darrell Picha, 184 lb. Jr.
FB, got the first score with
1:14 left until halftime on a
12-yard run. but missed on his
extra point conversion
attempt. The Trojans went
ahead 12-0 in the third stanza
with 4:59 remaining as
halfback Kevin Martin, 178
Sr., captain, sprinted over
from the two with the extra
point attempt failing on a fake
kick that turned into a missed
With only 26 seconds left in
the third quarter, Connally
senior Robert Hackworth
scored on a fourth and two
situation from 17-yards out.
Hackworth, a very fine athlete
with several of his teammates
injured, put on a one-man
show by scoring to cut the lead
to 12-6 after his kick failed.
With 6:26 remaining and
fourth down and five situation
facing B.J. Korenek's crew,
captain Clyde Lehmann, 138
pound senior, was not to be
denied six points from the left
side on a delayed pitch-out
from quarterback Pat Sykora.
For the third time though the
extra points in a run play by
Still with 4:06 left in the
thriller Hackworth scored on a
27-yard gallop and also kicked
the extra point. He had one
touchdown of 50 yards,
nullified due to a clip with 8:40
left in the second quarter.
Hackworth still got 168 yards
on 17 carries to top all rushers
while Picha got 90 yards on 17
trys, Martin 70 on 18
attempts, Lehmann nine for 34
yards and Sykora three for 17.
West rushed for 216 yards
and Sykora connected on 8 of
15 passes for 101 yards. West
led in first downs 21-13 and
total yards 317 to 255 with only
one fumble by the winners and
four by the losers.
David Hoffman recovered
the loose pigskin late in the
game to give West a much
needed first down while
earlier guard Darrin Banik and
senior end Hoffman had
gotten fumbles off the Cadets.
Another captain, senior end
J.D. McCoy, hauled in five
passes for 70 yards including a
key catch late in the game to
keep the drive going. Mike
Ashley, Hoffman and Martin
caught one pass each for 11
yards, 12 and eight yards
Despite the fine evening on
offense for Martin, he was as
important on defense with
eight tackles and one assist to
lead all West defensive
warriors. Lehmann got eight,
McCoy six tackles and two
assists, Robert Miller 6-1,
Kevin Goates 5-3 and Ricky
Kettler 5-1. Senior Mike Jones
had to play against No. 55
Thomas Frazier in the middle
of the line and this
outstanding Cadet left the
game injured as Jones at 217
pounds won out over the 240
The Cadets converted only
two out of six third down
attempts while the Trojans got
seven out of 12 to control the
game from Hackworth.
Dwayne Uptmor, Mark
Roessler, Brian Sykora, David
Maler, Joey Dulock, Phillip
Hurst, Mark Hutyra, Russell
Martin, Dave Selman, Chip
Bajer, Gary Kreder, Jeff
Reddell, Pat Stewart and
Richard Nors are some of the
other players that contributed
on special kick-off teams, etc.
Governor Clements and his wife, Rita, received this plaque from
West Mayor A.J. Muska [right] making them "honorary
Czechs” for the day. This was part of the opening ceremony
Saturday at Westfest. (8taff Dhofo 5y Larry Knapek]
Governor Bill Clements
spoke of the Czechoslovakian
contributions to Texas during
opening ceremonies at West-
fest last Saturday at the West
Fair and Rodeo grounds.
Clements speaking to the
large gathering said the
Czechs have contributed to the
state's culture and will
continue to contribute through
the years. He said the carrying
on of traditions was important
to Texas today.
Clements and his wife, Rita,
visited West last Saturday, for
a little more than two hours
serving as Westfest parade
marshals and making two
brief speeches during his
campaign swing through the
area. The Republican gover-
nor is running for re-election
in November against Demo-
cratic candidate Mark White.
During his speech at the
Westfest grounds, the gover-
nor said it was vital for Texans
to preserve their heritage and
culture. He said the Czechs
came to this nation seeking
freedoms in speech, religion
and other areas. People
wanting these type freedoms
were the basics for Texas’
strong state economy, high
education system and high
quality of life, he added.
The governor explained it
was a challenge for Texans to
pass this on to further
generations. He also noted the
“outstanding young people"
in the parade and concluded
his speech by asking for the
voters support at the elec-
Mrs. Clements also com-
September 9, 1982
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Gass of 1977 Reunion
The 1977 graduating class of West High School will
have a five-year reunion during homecoming weekend,
September 17 and 18.
Friday night classmates are asked to meet in the
northwest section of the bleachers at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. classmates will meet at
Loafer’s Bend Park at Lake Whitney. Each family is
asked to bring their own food, drinks and chairs. Also
bring along dominoes, cards, horseshoes, washers,
See you at the game!
Grandparents to be Honored on Their Day
Sunday, Sept. 12 has been designated as
“Grandparents' Day," a time for families to show these
special people just how much they mean. This occasion,
along with others such as Mother’s Day and Father's
Day, has become a tradition in the United States.
KJT and KJZT Meeting this Sunday
There will be a KJT and KJZT meeting this Sunday,
Sept. 12., at 2 p.m. at West Fraternal Auditorium.
Volunteer Ambulance Service Meets
The West Community Hospital Volunteer ambulance
service will hold its monthly meeting tonight
(Thursday) Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the LVN classroom.
A training session will be held. All members are urged
to attend and new members are welcomed.
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