It's that time of year again, so if you love chicken fried steak, hot air balloons, great cars, live music, petting zoos and the world's largest inflatable slide, then Lamesa, Texas is your town on April 29, 30 & May 1, 2016.

We talked to Terri Stahl, the Lamesa Chicken Fried Steak event coordinator, about all the things Lamesa will have to offer this year to families, friends, adults and kids, alike. Even though Lamesa is the "legendary" home of the chicken fried steak, they lay hold to the claim with gusto and passion and we benefit, big time.

Stahl said that in addition to the chicken fried steak competition, which will pay $600 to the winner, there will also be the Crossroads Hot Air Balloon Rally with sunrise lift offs, sunset glows and hot air balloons participating from as far away as the U.K.!

There will also be lots of live music, delicious food, a 5K run, classic car show, volleyball tournament, tumbling, dance, pet costume contest, wine tasting, (yes, Lamesa is home to two wineries), a petting zoo featuring llamas and camels, crafts, fun stuff for the kids and adults, including, yes, the world's biggest inflatable slide!

The Chicken Fried Steak Kick Off Dinner, Friday night, is sponsored by the Lamesa Chamber of Commerce and tickets are only available there, located at 123 Main Street in Lamesa or by phone (806) 872-2181.

"We've gotten pretty sassy," she said. Yes you have, Terri!

The whole fandango winds up Sunday morning with a sunrise lift off with the hot air balloons (weather permitting) and a community-wide church service.

For more info or to be a sponsor, contestant, vendor, volunteer or for a complete timeline, visit the official website.

And we'll see you there for all the sassy fun in Lamesa!

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