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Lamesa: Lamesa: Chicken Fried Steak Festival

April 26, 2014 - 9:00am to 11:45pm

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.

Event Schedule

8:00 – 10:00     5K Runs
8:30 – 9:00      Gospel Singers
10:00 to 3:00   Team Roping – Rodeo Arena
10:00 – 10:30 Children’s Costume Contest
10:30 – 11:00   LMS & :LHS Choirs
10:45   Cook-off Begins (pickup meat)
11:00 – 11:30  Sully Norris Dance Session #1
11:30   12:00  Kisa Stevens Tumbling Session
Noon -  Pie Contest inside Building
1:00      Turn In Contest Entry
1:00 – 1:30  Sully Norris Dance Session #2
2:00 – 2:30  Pet Costume Contest
2:00 – 4:00  Classic Car Show in parking lot
2:30 – 3:00   Pie Eating Contest
3:00  Announce Cook-off Winners

Saturday Evening Live Music

4:00 – 6:00      Grupo Vida (Electric Cowboys) on Plaza
6:00 – 9:00      Texas Rain Temp Stage
9:00 – Midnight          DJ Music at the Plaza
9:00 – Midnight          Brian Keane at Park on Square

Fri., Apr. 25: Chicken Fried Steak Dinner
Tickets are available for 2014 Chicken Steak Dinner on Friday, April 25th. Dinner will be catered by Riversmith's. Please call the Lamesa Area Chamber of Commerce at 806-872-2181. Adults are $12.00 & Children 12 and under are $7.00.

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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