Texas Reds Festival Kicks Off In Downtown Bryan

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BRYAN, Texas *10 P.M. Update*

It's the celebration of two reds; steaks and grapes at the annual Texas Reds Festival in Downtown Bryan.

News 3 has a taste of of the festival that started Friday night.

The crowds are coming to Downtown Bryan for the 7th annual Texas Reds Steak and Grape Festival.

"Just looking forward to it. We had a good steak tonight in town," said Janis Anderson of Pearland.

She came with friends to the festival for the first time.

"Well we are meeting our friends from college and this was kind of halfway between Dallas and Houston. And we like Texas wines, so wanted to come and see what it was all about," said Anderson.

Some new changes this year include patio dining at some of the businesses where festival fans can have a variety of steaks like here at Murphy's Law.

"Hopefully hear the entertainment and then go back to our bed and breakfast that we are at," Anderson added.

On Saturday headliner Steve Wariner will take the stage at 9 P.M.

The main stage will be fenced off with a $5 admission Saturday night.

It wouldn't be a festival without foods to fill any appetite.

"We're cooking up our meat for our Philly steak sandwiches and for our burritos," said Terry Morrow of Ted Kamel Foods.

She is in her fifth year cooking at Texas Reds.

"My favorite out of all of this is probably a sausage on a stick... We meet quite a few people here, so we really like coming here," Morrow said, as she cooked on a grill.

Some 20,000 people are expected to be coming here for Bryan's signature event.

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*6 P.M. Previous Story*

The organizers of the annual Texas Reds Steak and Grape Festival are watching the skies closely.

More than 20,000 people are expected to hit downtown Bryan for food and drink and music at the city's signature event.

The event kicks off at 5 P.M. Friday.

We are told the event will be happening rain or shine and right now the weather is cooperating.

But organizers say they have a contingency plan to modify plans if severe weather rolls in.

They have tents set up and also have plans to relocate people to the nearby parking garage and public buildings if need be.

There's lots to see including the David Whiteman band hitting the stage at 8 o'clock Friday night.

And this year there is only fencing around the main stage where you'll have to pay $5 to see John Conlee and Stever Wariner Saturday night.

There will be plenty of steaks and wines to try out as well as all the food from these vendors.

Bryan City Council Member Chuck Konderla says there is a lot to be excited about.

"'You've got different things you can buy and enjoy here. Not just wine, not just steaks. If you don't like wine or steaks you can still come here and leave non thirsty and very full. I'm really looking forward to seeing what that does to the bottom line of Texas Reds," said Konderla.

The festival continues until 10:30 Friday night and then all day Saturday.

News 3's Karla Castillo and Clay Falls will be doing the celebrity grape stomp Saturday at 11 A.M. in front of the Carnegie Public Library Building.

There is a free shuttle Saturday with free parking at Blinn College in Bryan, or you can park for $5 each day at the downtown Brazos Transit Parking Garage.