Real. Texas. Festival.

The city of Mesquite will host the seventh annual Real. Texas. Festival. from 5 to 11 p.m., April 26 and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., April 27, at Rodeo Center, in Mesquite. Pre-sale tickets are $10 until April 14 and $20 at the gate. Children 12 and under get in free.

One of the cornerstones of the festival is the 56th annual Mesquite Championship Rodeo, where fans will enjoy music, pyrotechnics and events like bareback and saddle bronc riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and team, tie-down and steer roping.

More than 25 bands will be performing, including Pat Green on April 26, and Kevin Fowler on April 27, who will perform at 9:30 p.m. The Marketplace sports a “Made in Texas” flair, and other festival attractions that include a battle of the bands, a classic car and motorcycle show and a barbeque competition that includes the "Cook of the Year" award.

The Kid Korral features trampolines, inflatable globes to propel around the track, a pony ride carousel and a youth basketball tournament with a free skills clinic conducted by hall-of-famer Nancy Lieberman. The Celebration Station Community Stage offers activities for children of all ages.

Location: 1818 Rodeo Dr., Mesquite. Parking is free and shuttles are available. For more information, visit RealTexasFestival.com.

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