Sausage Festival Rolls Into Texas

Fire up the grill! Texas gets ready for a sausage feast.

More than 1,200 pounds of savory, steamed, smoked, and fried bratwurst and hot dogs will be cooked, stuffed, and eaten during the food fest. Hundreds of vendors from the Lone Star State and beyond will be grilling Texas frankfurters. Highlights of the Great Texas Sausage Festival include the new 2012 Sausage Cook-Off, Sausage Stuff Eating Contest and a weiner dog contest.

Those fending off a case of indigestion or needing to burn calories can partake in an eclectic mix of activities like lawn-mower races and a regatta of motor-less handmade floatation creations. Check out their web site for more information. (5 p.m. to 10 p.m., May 11; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., May 12, Welch Park, Somerville, Texas, $5)