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A cook-off competitor fries up his best chicken-fried steaks in Lamesa.

The West Texas town of Lamesa, about 60 miles south of Lubbock,serves up its annual Chicken-Fried Steak Festival this weekend in celebration of the town’s claim as the birthplace of the Texas delicacy. According to local legend, short-order cook James Donald Perkins accidentally made the first dish of its kind in 1911 when he misinterpreted an order for chicken and fried steak at a small restaurant called Ethel's Home Cooking. Instead of making two separate items, he thought the customer wanted a steak battered and fried like a chicken—and what a delicious mistake it turned out to be.

 

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What goes great with a green shirt and green beer on St. Patrick's Day? If you're in Mansfield, the answer is simple: pickles.

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Tearing up the floor at Wurstfest. If you can't polka or two-step, just wait for the next Chicken Dance.

It's become a yearly tradition for us to head down to Wurstfest in New Braunfels to share the joys of beer, sausage and polka with a few friends. Both the Longhorns and the Aggies had won football games when we went this Saturday, so the grounds were extra-packed with jovial fans--and a few in burnt orange even offering congratulations to those in maroon after their team beat No. 1 Alabama. Usually we'd park somewhere in town and trek on foot to the festival, but this time we caught the Wurst Wagen from the park-and-ride at the New Braunfels VFW, which was worth the money: $20 each for parking, admission, a ride to the front gate and some drink tickets, which saved us from standing in a couple of long lines at the event.

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Across the globe, when talk of music festivals come up, two Texas events always make the list - spring's South by Southwest and fall's Austin City Limits Music Festival, both in Austin – the Live Music Capital of the World. Austin's Fun, Fun, Fun Fest, in November, is also starting to rise to similar ranks.

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By Marty Lange

 

While having lunch at the popular comfort-food restaurant Threadgill’s last year during the Austin City Limits Music Festival, I met a group of 50- and 60-something Canadians who had come all the way to Austin for the event.

 

Not only were they attending the festival, but they were also going to various Austin clubs to see as many Texas acts as they could. They shared their joy of interacting with fans, musicians, music-industry people, other festival participants, and the community at large. I marveled at their passion for the music of such Texas artists as Willie Nelson, ZZ Top, Joe Ely, Asleep at the Wheel, Robert Earl Keen, Spoon, Kelly Willis, Old 97’s, Marcia Ball, Ruthie Foster, Charlie Robison, Steve Earle, Miranda Lambert, Pat Green, Reckless Kelly, Doyle Bramhall II, Dale Watson, Grupo Fantasma, Beto y los Fairlanes, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Lyle Lovett, ad infinitum. This encounter made abundantly clear the appeal and extensive reach of both Austin and Texas music.

 

Festival curmudgeons may claim that the heat, crowds, parking, traffic, and accommodations can be problematic. But the thrill of experiencing so many diverse artists in a communal setting clearly trumps any hardships. More than 100 acts will perform this year. Join the fun September 26-28 in Austin's Zilker Park. 

 

For more information visit Austin’s Zilker Park or call 888/512-SHOW.

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