Mesquite’s Real Texas Festival features music, food, fun

By J.J. Smith. Mesquite’s fourth-annual Real Texas Festival – featuring concerts, attractions, parking and the famous Mesquite Rodeo all for one price – begins tonight with country music star Kevin Fowler performing on the Main Stage from 9:30 – 11:30 pm.

Stephanie Fix and Naked Lunch will open the show between 4-5 pm and 6:30-7:30 pm, respectively.

Saturday’s lineup features Cross Canadian Ragweek from 9:30 – 11 pm, with opening acts Granger Smith, Grupo Vida, Ram Herrera and Mark McKinney performing all day long beginning at 1:30 pm.

Other attractions include a Battle of the Bands, featuring seven different area groups competing for $500 cash, beginning Saturday at 10 am on the Hooters Stage.

A Cowboys and Chrome Classic Car Show and Barbecue Cook-off are also scheduled throughout the event.

There is no show on Sunday.

Advance online ticket prices are $12  via Ticketmaster, which includes all of the festival attractions on Friday OR Saturday, all of the concerts, all rodeo performances and all of the special attractions.

You can also participate in the Dallas Regional Medical Center food drive by bringing one non-perishable food item to the main gate on either day in exchange for a $3 discount off the $15 ticket price at the gate.

Last year the Festival generated over 3,200 pounds of food for local food pantries and organizers hope to donate even more in 2010.

Children 12 and under are admitted free each day of the festival.

Over 23,000 people visited the Festival last year, according to Festival organizers, and 25-30,000 are expected this year at Rodeo Center in Mesquite, 1818 Rodeo Drive, IH-635 and Military Parkway.

Gates open are open from 3-11 pm, Friday; and 10 am – 11 pm, Saturday.

There are three free primary parking areas for the festival, including the shuttle lot at Memorial Stadium. There are also a limited number of preferred parking spaces that will be in the paved parking areas surrounding Resistol Arena – available on a first come, first served basis.

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