If you travel just a few miles east, you’ll find yourself at Granger Lake, but the town of Granger, Texas, with just over 1400 residents, is not right next to that body of water. Nevertheless, the town’s annual festival is called Lakefest. This year’s event was number 39 for this Central Texas town about 45 miles northeast of Austin. The festival included a parade, vendors, music, a barbecue cook-off. Back by popular demand this year was a kolache bake-off. The kolache is a Czech-inspired confection. Being a fellow from Northeast Texas, where doughnuts rule, I don’t know much about them, but they’re popular around here. Actress Sissy Spacek’s grandparents are from Granger. As a kid growing up in Texas, she spent copious amounts of time here. A few years ago, Granger doubled as Fort Smith, Arkansas for the remake of “True Grit.” If you take away the cars, trucks and power lines, you could actually imagine yourself back in the late-1800s. In particular, I like West Davilla Street, still paved with bricks, just like where I grew up. The little girl was glad mom was nearby when that gigantic truck in the parade blew its very loud horn. This is Texas, of course, but Granger could be anywhere in small-town America. These photos were taken for my friends at the Williamson County Sun.