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Labor Day weekend 1969, just two weeks after Woodstock, Lewisville was the location of one of the largest music events Texas had ever seen. The event drew more than 100,000 music fans – including more than a fair share of colorfully dressed hippies that sparked a bit of controversy among the locals – for three days of live entertainment at the former Dallas International Motor Speedway and a smaller free stage on the shores of Lewisville Lake. The Texas International Pop Festival featured such performers as Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Santana, Sly & the Family Stone, Canned Heat, Chicago Transit Authority, and more.
Join us for a special evening of Lewisville Looks Back on the eve of the 50th Anniversary Texas International Pop Festival. At this special event historic footage from the original festival will be shown, as well as a new mini-documentary consisting of stories and interviews from attendees of the 1969 Texas International Pop Festival. Dallas concert promoter Angus Wynne III, who organized the 1969 will also stop by to answer questions and share his memories. Lewisville’s Poet Laureate, J. Paul Holcomb will debut a new original poem to commemorate the festival and the evening will conclude with a sneak peek of the art and history exhibit in the MCL Grand Art Gallery, which opens to the public the next day. The exhibit, which will include rare photographs, archival video footage, oral histories, and artifacts is being organized in partnership by the City of Lewisville and the Denton County Office of History & Culture.
*Some content may not be suitable for young children*
The event is free to attend, but we recommend you RSVP to reserve your seat at mclgrand.tix.com.
A highlight of Western Days is the annual Huffines Auto Dealerships Lewisville Cattle Drive Parade featuring 25+ head of longhorn cattle. The parade will also feature local organizations, clubs, businesses and schools. The parade route will form on Cowan, head east on Main to Mill, turn south on Mill and head to Purnell where it will disband.
Entry into the parade is free, and applications can be found at LewisvilleWesternDays.com. Applications are due Sept. 16.
Admission to Western Days is free with a ticket before 7 p.m. After 7 p.m., admission is $10 for everyone except children 12 and younger. Tickets can be downloaded from LewisvilleWesternDays.com or picked up at City offices beginning Monday, Aug. 26, 10 a.m.
Parade sponsored by Huffines Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM Lewisville and Huffines Chevrolet Lewisville.
Don’t miss the 2019 Western Days World Tamale Eating Championship Presented by Market Street. This is an official Major League Eating-sanctioned competition. This is a 10-minute marathon of man vs woman vs tamale.
At the 2018 Championship, Darron Breede set a NEW World Record by eating 70 2-oz tamales in 10 minutes. Will he defend his championship? Will he or a challenger set a new world record? Attend the event to find out!
Admission to Western Days is free before 7 p.m. with a ticket. Tickets can be downloaded from LewisvilleWesternDays.com beginning Aug. 26 at 10 .m. After 7 p.m. both days, festival admission is $10 for everyone except children under the age of 12, who are always free.