Did you know that the chicken fried steak was invented in Lamesa? It was. that's why they have the festival every year. And thankfully it has already been a year and its time to do it again!

Back in 1911 a short order cook, James Donald Perkins, reportedly misunderstood an order and combined the fried chicken with a steak and food history was made. Now every year during the last weekend in April, Lamesa celebrates its claim to food fame with a party, hot air balloon flight, car show, concert, wine tasting, and of course the chicken fried steak cook off.

The event is free for the whole family, and you can buy tickets to eat the world's best chicken fry at the Chamber Of Commerce at 123 Main in Lamesa. Get the full event schedule here, and follow the Google map below to find your way there Friday and Saturday.

Kick-off Dinner
Friday, April 27, 2018
Chicken Fried Steak Kick-off Dinner on Friday, April 27th. The menu will be delicious, freshly hand battered steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, gravy, rolls & cobbler. Tickets will be on sale ONLY at the Chamber of Commerce at 123 Main--The event will be held in the Forrest Park Community Center from 5:30pm-8:30pm.
Home of the Legendary Chicken Fried Steak
Friday, April 27, 2018
12:00p.m. (Noon) Vendors may setup
5:30p.m – 8:30p.m. Chicken Fried-Steak Kick-off Dinner-FPCC
7:00p.m.-7:30p.m. Jake Gonzales/Music DJ
8:00p.m. – 9:00 p.m. David Lee Garza y Los Musicales
9:30p.m. – 10:30p.m. Bobby G and the Galaxy Band
11:00p..m. – 12:00p.m. David Lee Garza y Los Musicales
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Sunrise Hot Air Balloons (weather permitting)
9:00a.m. 5K Run
9:30a.m. to 3:00p.m. Team Roping – Rodeo Arena
10:00a.m. – 2:00p.m. Classic Car Show – County Fair barn
10:00a.m. - 10:30a.m. TBA
10:00a.m. Cook-off Begins
10:30a.m. – 11:15a.m. Kisa Stevens Tumbling Session #1
11:15a.m. – 12:00a.m. Sully Norris Dance Session #1
12:00a.m. 12:45p.m. Kisa Stevens Tumbling Session #2
12:00p.m. Turn In Cook-off Entry
12:45p.m. – 1:15p.m. Sully Norris Dance Session #2
1:30p.m. – 2:00p.m. Pet Costume Contest
2:00p.m. – 2:40p.m. Deep Creek Cloggers
3:00p.m. Announce Cook-off Winners
4:30p.m. – 7:00p.m. Wine Tasting inside FPCC
(Mike Pritchard & Mark Wallney)
Sunset – Balloon Glow/Fire Fest with Hot Air Balloons (weather permitting)
8:00pm – 11:30p.m. Jordan Robert Kirk (Dawson County Barn)
Sunday Morning , April 29, 2018
Sunrise Hot Air Balloons (weather permitting)

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