Ripley's Believe it or Not! once called Hallettsville the "13" city: in 1913 it had 13 letters in the name, 1,300 population, 13 churches, 13 newspapers and 13 saloons. A bison sculpture in the city park commemorates the old Hallet Oak. Events include the State Championship Domino and Domino "42" Tournaments, State Championship Fiddler's Frolics and the annual Kolache Fest.