On June 24, 2016, Texan by Nature will be joining the folks in Albany, Texas to celebrate the 78th Anniversary of the Fort Griffin Fandangle! A spectacle for all ages, the Fandangle is the oldest outdoor musical in Texas, showcasing the vibrant history of the town, as well as Texas’ prairie heritage, through song, dance, and laughter.
Each year, about 400 locals (in addition to a herd of iconic Texas Longhorn cattle) dedicate their time and energy to carry on this tradition. However, the Fandangle had humble beginnings. In 1938, Robert Nail, a local who graduated from Princeton University, created the play for the annual Albany High School senior show. It was such a success, the town reproduced it months later, and have been continuing to do so ever since. They even built the Prairie Theatre to accommodate the show, which brings in over 10,000 spectators each year!
Are you a fan of Texas? Enter our photo contest to show us your Texan pride!
In honor of the Fort Griffin Fandangle, Texan by Nature is holding the #ImafanofTexas photo contest to showcase Texas’ natural heritage. The winner of the contest will be announced on June 29th and will receive a Texas-themed gift basket – including a signed copy of Mrs. Laura Bush’s latest book, Our Great Big Backyard, and a copy of 41: A Portrait of my Father, signed by President Bush!
Photo submissions will be accepted until the end of the day on June 27th and should be posted on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Make sure to tag Texan by Nature as well as Fort Griffin Fandangle on your selected platform and use the hashtag #ImafanofTexas. Check out the tips below to be sure we can see, like, and share your photo:
- Find us on Twitter: @fortgriffinfand @texanbynature
- Find us on Instagram: @ftgriffinfandangle @texanbynature
- If you’re posting on Facebook, make sure your post is set to public!
- An easy way to tag us is to use the Check In button when you post your photo.
- Be sure to include #ImafanofTexas when you submit your entry.
We look forward to celebrating the Fort Griffin Fandangle while learning a little more about the history of Texas and our prairie roots. For more information about the Fort Griffin Fandangle, including some video clips from years past, check out their website. See you there!