Clyde's Festival by the Lake kicks of for 11th year

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CLYDE, Texas (KRBC) - Fourth of July weekend kicked off in Clyde Friday.

The Festival is in its 11th year, so if you are into some good 'ol music and food by the lake, it is the place for you to be!

Organizers have brought in eight southern rock bands, 30 vendors and a few rides that will take you for a spin.

You can expect a mechanical bull, a bounce house and a lot of other inflatable fun!

Vagabonds Redneck Cafe, named after one of Miranda Lambert's songs, is out at the festival for the very first time.

They were showcasing what it is known for.

"We serve our briscuit on our brisuit sandwiches. They're over a half pound of meat and they're awesome and all my stuff is homemade," Ashley Hall said.

She and her sister are out at the lake, trying to branch out with their own business.

"We're very, very flexible! We can do anything from cafe-style breakfast, we do chicken, hobo fries are our famous item," Hall said.

They are also hoping to make some cash for their father who is sick.

"There's a lot of struggles but, we wake up everyday, we pray a lot and just have faith and go out there and do the best that we can," Hall said.

Another business name inspired by one of Miranda Lambert's song is Heather Thompson's "Lil' Red Ragon Boutique".

Thompson brought in her business for the second year in a row.

Last year was a learning experience for her and her crew and this year, they came prepared.

"We do have some new stuff. I'm actually wearing one of our t-shirts right now. 'Crazy Cactus Lady' - everybody's wild about cactuses and succulents right now," Thompson said. "These are made from a company out of Oklahoma called Holy Cow Couture. We have these fun little banker bags."

Last year's festival brought in an all-time high of 13,000 people. They are hoping to surpass that this year!

The festival runs from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and will continue on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Fireworks start at 10 p.m.

Admission is free but they will be accepting donations. These donations will be split between the Men of Clyde and the festival organizers, who will then save up for next year's event.

Saturday, there will be horseshoe at 12:30 p.m. and a volleyball tournament at 1:30 p.m.

The organizers want everyone to have fun but they also have restrictions for safety. They are not allowing outside fireworks and no one is allowed to drive an ATV unless they are at least 18 years old.


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