By Danno Wise
Labor Day is considered by most to be summer's last hurrah. If you happen to be spending the final three-day weekend of summer 2012 in Texas, there are plenty of events and activities to make sure summer ends with a bang.
Every year West, Texas - located just north of Waco - hosts its "Westfest," which is one of the largest Czech Polka fests in the state. The event features polka bands, dancing, Miss Westfest contest, parade, baking contests, fun run, horseshoes, arts & crafts and more.
Beginning in Bastrop and finishing in Columbus, the Colorado River 100 Canoe Marathon attracts paddlers and adventure racers from across the country.
A South Padre Island Labor Day Weekend tradition, the Ruff Rider Regatta is an 'around the Island' catamaran race. Registration is set for Friday, with racing taking place Saturday and Sunday.
For over three decades, Labor Day weekend has seen over 100 teams descend on the tiny Hill Country town of Brady for the World Championship BBQ Goat Cook-off, a truly Texan event.