POSTED: Monday, March 11, 2013 - 5:12pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 11, 2013 - 5:17pm
...people had a 'ball' and that's no BULL!
Jacksonville, TX (KETK) — The annual Texas Testicle Festival draws a crowd by the hundreds, festival organizer Brandy Bannister tells KETK, “Just so many amazing people that show up.”
More and more people turn out every year to this festival with the funny name. They gather in fellowship, and are encouraged to try the festival favorite, calf fries, also known as “Rocky Mountain Oysters” or fried bull testicles.
10 year old Bella tells KETK, “To me they taste like chicken sometimes, and fish.”
The fried favorite is one of the reasons people make the trip to Jacksonville every year for this event.
People come for the calf fries, but they also come to worship and, as the signs say, “Have a ball with Jesus” But, people come to the Test Fest to support an organization that helps at risk children.
Danyel Parkhurt, campus manager for Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch and Girlstown says, “We just give them a second chance.”
Cal Farley's boy’s ranch and Girlstown is a Christian based children’s organization near Amarillo, Texas that cares for kids of all ages.
Parkhurst explains, “They stay at the ranch and they go onto school and then we help them to go onto college afterwards.”
Cal Farley's runs more than 27 homes , solely on donations. Parkhurst says, “All the money that is donated here just goes back to help our children.”
The Testicle Festival plays a big part every year in raising a ton of money for the Cal Farley's. The whole event started 14 years ago, with a birthday wish.
Cole Bolton tells KETK, "I wanted to have calf fries when I was 8 years old.” Bolton says he always wanted to be a cowboy, and he loved Rocky Mountain Oysters, so he asked his father for them as a gift when he a was a little cowboy. He got his wish, and since then it’s grown into so much more.
Thanks to Bolton; and calf fries, Cal Farley's will have more money to build homes for children in need year after year.