Celebrate the National Park Service’s Centennial Year with Ft. Griffin “Fandangle” Barbecue at LBJ Ranch on May 7

Photos from the Fandangle barbecue of 2008

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News Release Date: April 14, 2016

Contact: Dave Schafer, 830-868-7128 x 235

The National Park Service and Friends of Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park will host a special barbecue and dance at the LBJ Ranch from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm on Saturday, May 7, that will feature the Fort Griffin "Fandangle Sampler." Aroma from The Salt Lick BBQ's rotisserie will fill the oak grove and the music of Jake Penrod and his Million Dollar Cowboys will keep the dancing going well into the evening. The night of entertainment and delicious barbecue will also be a celebration of the National Park Service's centennial year. Information and reservations are available at www.FriendsofLBJNationalPark.org. Reservations are $50 for adults, $15 for children 12 years and under, and reserved tables for eight may be purchased for $500.

Park guests will be able to experience a Fort Griffin Fandangle show very similar to the program that President and Mrs. Johnson first presented at their ranch in 1967 for ambassadors from Central and South American countries. Each summer for more than seven decades the citizens of Albany, Texas have presented the Fandangle. The Fandangle, which is the oldest outdoor musical program in Texas, is theatrical history that is written, directed, and performed by hundreds of members of the Albany community. Performances feature singing cowboys, dancing cancan girls, covered wagons, buggies, and a stagecoach. Through singing, dancing, and story-telling the Fandangle recaptures the history, folklore, and legend of the Old West. The event on May 7 will be the fourth time a "Fandangle Sampler" has been staged at the LBJ Ranch—previous events were held in 1967, 1976, and 2008.

President Johnson signed more national park legislation than any other chief executive in history—47 new park units were established and 23 were expanded. For that reason, it is very appropriate that Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park is the setting for many events throughout the centennial year. For a complete calendar of events go to the park website https://www.nps.gov/lyjo/planyourvisit/calendar.htm.

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park is open seven days a week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information on park activities call 830-868-7128, ext. 231 or 244, and visit www.nps.gov/lyjo and www.facebook.com/LBJohnsonNPS. 

About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 410 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at www.nps.gov, on Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitter www.twitter.com/natlparkservice, and YouTube www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice. The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial this year. Find out more at http://findyourpark.com.

Last updated: April 14, 2016

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