This weekend marks another step toward healing for the town of West as residents came out to celebrate Westfest, the first since April's deadly fertilizer plant explosion. Westfest is the town's annual celebration of its Czech heritage. There was plenty of sausage, sauerkraut and its famous kolaches. There was also live music and dancing and fun for the kids. Several Texas politicians were in attendance and there was a moment of silence for those killed in the explosion.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott told FOX 7, "It's so heartwarming to come back and see smiles on their faces, to see celebrations, see dancing and laughing and families reunited and to see the hope that imitates from the people of West."
Organizers felt it was important for the community to continue with Westfest traditions this year. "Westfest has always been a time of celebration here in West so even though we're very mindful of what has happened here, we wanted this to be a little bit of a return to normal,"said John Hurtick, the president of the Westfest board.
Westfest runs through Sunday.