Harlingen Chamber to host 2nd Ales & Tales

HARLINGEN — Get ready to drink and eat all the ale and tails you can.

The Harlingen Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 2nd Annual Ales and Tails Fest.

Participants will be able to enjoy craft beer, all-you-can-eat crawfish and live music.

Chamber of Commerce president Vanessa Camacho said tickets for the event have sold quickly.

Partial proceeds from the event will be donated and go toward the renovation of the Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum.

“The chamber believes in giving back to nonprofits and bringing new events for the city to take part in and enjoy,” Camacho said.

In addition to crawfish, Sweet Blessings and Vermillion will be onsite selling additional goods for those uninterested in crawfish. There also will be raffle prizes.

The event was created during a brainstorming session between the board of directors.

“We kind of just came together and were like, ‘what can we do in Cameron County that is different than everybody else,’” Camacho said.

Camacho said crawfish broiling is something two of the directors like to do as a hobby and decided to make it an event.

Last year, more than 500 people attended the fest and the chamber is expecting just as many people to show up Saturday, March 24.

“This year we printed out 500 tickets and we’re close to being sold out as well,” Camacho said.

Despite its popularity, Camacho said the chamber is not looking to expand the event any larger than it already is.

“We don’t want to make it too big because we like the area of where we have it,” Camacho said. “We like having the comfort of the outdoors and utilizing the venue.”

If You Go

WHAT: 2nd Annual Ales & Tales

WHEN: Saturday, March 24, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

WHERE: Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum, 2425 Boxwood

COST: $35 purchased in advanced, $45 at the door