Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

June 6, 2013

The Fort Griffin Fandangle Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Fandangle: Texas’ oldest outdoor musical


Mineral Wells Index

— Special to the Index

Covered wagons and buggies, a replica of the first Texas Central railroad train, galloping prairie fires, a frontier town street, gushing oil derricks, more than 300 performers-the Fandangle recaptures with theatrical charm the look and feel of the old West.



The Fandangle is spectacle. The stagecoach rumbles behind its team across pasture land passed by the Butterfield Overland Mail. Cowboys whose ancestors pushed Longhorn herds up the nearby Western Trail relive that period as they drive descendants of the cattle through the Fandangle spotlights. It fuses past and present as ranch country heritage is unlocked from the dusty trunk of memory, polished bright and transformed into enchanting entertainment.

The Fort Griffin Fandangle is a show that the people of Albany and beyond present beneath the summer stars of the Texas sky for six nights of the last two weekends in June. With singing, dancing, pantomime and pageantry, it recreates the look and feel of the Texas Frontier west of Fort Worth. Relive the story of the Indians how inhabited the prairie, the early white men who displaced them and the many settlers who followed the call to settle this land.

What to see and do before the show: Visit the Old Jail Art Center, what Texas Monthly hails as the best small museum in Texas, perhaps the nation. Also take in the Tracker Organ Concerts, Live!@ the Aztec Theater, Albany Waterpark, unique shopping, BBQ at the main street park, Fort Griffin State Historic Park, historic Shackelford County Courthouse, Quilt Exhibition, get a cherry coke at the 1919 soda fountain and take a Walk Through History.

2013 Dates: June 20-21-22 and 27-28-29.

Parade Day: Saturday, June 22 at 5 p.m.

Fandangle performance starts at 8:30/dusk after a calliope concert at the Prairie Theater.

Tickets are priced at: $20 box seats, $15 and $10 reserved seats. Group and Military discounts available. MasterCard, Visa and Discover cards accepted.

An old fashioned street dance will be held downtown at the bank park after the last show, June 29th. No cover. Fun for the whole family. Free parking, Free Programs, and Handicap Access.

Contact information:

Fandangle office: (325) 762-3838, fax: (325) 762-3125.

Albany Chamber: (325) 762-2525.

Website: www.fortgriffinfandangle.org

Email: fandangle@bitstreet.com

The Fandangle office is located at 2 Railroad St., Albany, Texas 76430. The Prairie Theater address is 1490 Farm-to-Market Road 1084, in Albany.

For lodging, visit www.albanytexas.com or check on hotel availability in Abilene, on State Highway 351 and Interstate 20.