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Lamesa: 7th Annual Chicken Fried Steak Festival & Balloon Rally

April 28, 2017 - 9:00am to April 30, 2017 - 11:45pm
Lamesa Chicken Fried Steak Festival

Lamesa's Original Chicken Fried Festival

Come spend the day with us! Listen to the sounds of local talents, relax under shade trees, eating great food from vendors, enjoy classic car show, kids games, and pony rides, and take a tour of our very own Delaney Vineyard Winery. Events include Chicken Fried Steak Cook-Off, Team Roping, 5K Run, Classic Car Show, Childrens Costume Contest, Pet Costume Contest, Live Entertainement, Food booths, Art & Craft Booths, and so much more.

From the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal:

In 2011, Gov. Rick Perry proclaimed Lamesa the birthplace of the chicken-fried steak.
     According to legend, the dish was created by accident in 1911 in Ethel’s Home Cooking restaurant. Cook Jimmy Don Perkins placed steaks into fried chicken batter after he missed a comma in a waitress’ order for “chicken, fried steak,” it claims.
     The story is more fun than confirmed fact, festival director Terri Stahl said. But that doesn’t mean the battered-and-fried steaks don’t still give reason to celebrate.


  • Forrest Park
  • 814 S. Houston
  • Lamesa, Texas
  • 79331


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