While the number of people actually attending this year’s chicken fried steak dinner on Friday, April 27, was “a little down” from last year, Chamber President Sandra Adams said the Chamber still made a profit on the event.
    The dinner is sponsored by the Lamesa Area Chamber of Commerce and traditionally serves as a kick-off event for Lamesa’s Chicken Fried Steak Festival and Crossroads Balloon Rally, which is held annually on the last weekend of April.
    Adams told the Chamber board members on Monday that this year’s dinner showed a profit of just over $1,674. Ticket sales were about the same as last year, Adams said, but the number of people actually served at the dinner probably was down by around 150.
    Several of the food vendors who were selling chicken fried steak were open on Friday night, Adams said, which might have impacted the Chamber-sponsored dinner. There also were a number of other unrelated events going on, such as ball games, that local people were attending.
    Adams said she diligently asked people who attended the event to give her their opinion of the dinner – both good and bad.
    “There were no complaints. They all were complimentary,” Adams said. “They all said they liked the music, although a few did say it was too loud in that size of building.”
    Some of the board members said the only complaints they have heard were that the dessert portions were too small.
    Adams said representatives of River Smith’s Chicken and Catfish, which catered the dinner, actually had encouraged people to go back for a second dessert since there were plenty available.


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