Chicken Fried Steak Festival in Lamesa

Published 04/22 2014 06:06PM

Updated 04/22 2014 06:27PM

Lamesa is the HOME for Chicken Fried Steak and they are celebrating the 2nd annual Chicken Fried Steak Festival and Crossroads Balloon Rally this weekend.  Actually, in April of 2011, the Texas Legislature declared Lamesa the "Legendary Home of the Chicken Fried Steak". 

Terri Stahl with the City of Lamesa says, The city of Lamesa celebrates the declaration each year on the last weekend of April by having a fun filled weekend and cook-off competition.  This years Festival kicks off on Friday night with a handmade chicken fried steak dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, and a roll. 

Patricia Vonne of Austin will take the Plaza Stage on Friday from 9PM to midnight.

Saturday's festivities are held at Lamesa's Forrest Park, which has a covered plaza for live music from local bands and musicians.  HOt Air Balloons will take off at sunrise on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  Enjoy a 5K Military Run, classic car show, team-roping competition and a Ranch Rodeo at the rodeo grounds, wine tasting from Lamesa's Delaney Vineyards, pony rides, bouncy houses, kiddie bumper boats, bubble runners, craft and clothing vendors and food booths offering the usual festival fare and of course PLENTY of Chicken Fried Steak.  The Saturday highlight is the Chicken Fried Steak cook-off.  Contestants start cooking at 11:45AM and must turn in their entry to the judges at 1:00PM.  Winners will be announced at 3PM. 

Saturday night the Hot Air Balloons will put on a Fire concert for spectators followed by a performance from the Hogg Maulies at the Plaza Stage in Forrest Park.

Vendors, Pilots and contestants can register online NOW at or call Terri Stahl at 806-777-1171. 

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