In April 2011, the Texas Legislature declared Lamesa, Texas, the "Legendary Home of the Chicken Fried Steak." The City of Lamesa celebrates this declaration each year on the last weekend of April with a fun-filled weekend and cook-off competition.
This year's CFS Festival and Crossroads Balloon Rally (April 29, 30, and May 1) kicks off on Friday night with a handmade chicken-fried steak dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, and a roll. Bands will take the Plaza Stage on Friday from 9 pm 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 classic car show, team-roping competition at the rodeo grounds, wine tasting from Lamesa's Delaney Vineyards, pony rides, bouncy castles, kiddie bumper boats, bubble runners, craft and clothing vendors, and food booths offering the usual festival fare and plenty of chicken fried steak. The Saturday highlight is the Chicken Fried Steak Cook-off. Contestants start cooking at 10 am and must have their entries to the judges' booth by 1 pm. Winners are announced at 3 pm on the Plaza Stage.
Saturday night the hot air balloons will put on a Fire Concert for spectators, followed by a performance from Jake Kellan at the Plaza Stage in Forrest Park. Vendors, pilots, and contestants can register online at www.ci.lamesa.tx.us or call Terri Stahl at 806-777-1171.