LAMESA, TX (KCBD) - 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 by having a fun-filled weekend and cook-off competition.
This year's CFS Festival and Crossroads Balloon Rally will be held from April 27 through April 29, 2018.
The event 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 Stage at the County Barn on Friday from 8 p.m. 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 and bull riding at the rodeo grounds, Disc Golf Tournament, a 5K Chicken run, wine tasting from Lamesa's Delaney Vineyards, Softball tournament, 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 Cookoff. Contestants can all add their own flair, but judges have the final say in who has the Best Chicken Fried Steak around.
Saturday night the Hot Air Balloons will put on a Fire concert for spectators and Jordan Robert Kirk will be playing at the County Barn.