Music, art and Texas culture are cause for celebration this weekend at Lindale's Big Texas Fest.
More than a year in the making, the festival got underway Friday evening with live art demonstrations, vendor booths, food trucks and of course, the music.
Texas country artists Charlie Robison and Robert Earl Keen closed out the first night's events, with Keen receiving the Love & War in Texas' first Texas Legacy Award for his contribution to Texas culture.
"I really am never thinking about awards and what it does for me is make me feel like I'm doing a good job," Keen said.
Tye Phelps, owner of Love & War in Texas, said Keen was a natural first pick for the award given how many songwriters he has inspired.
"If you talk to anyone... Robert Earl Keen is sort of the Dalai Lama of songwriting in Texas," Phelps said. "He's a great songwriter; it sets the standard for us to do this every year."
While this is the first year for the festival and the award, Phelps and other organizers plan for both to become an annual tradition with the goal of bringing folks to downtown Lindale.
Seong MacLaren, Lindale's director of downtown development and tourism, said the event is as much about the art as it is the music. More than 24 artists will be featured throughout the weekend with some performing live art demonstrations including chalk, oil, pottery and weaving as well as places where children can try their hands at creating art.
"It's going to be very engaged and three-dimensional," MacLaren said. "They can witness professional artists and they'll be able to express themselves and what they've seen."
Children 12 and younger get into the festival for free. Cost for adults is $30 at the door. For a full schedule of events, see Tylerpaper.com.