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Castell General Store Testicle Festival is May 18

Castell General Store’s annual Testicle Festival is Saturday, May 18. Live music begins at noon and lasts until 7 p.m. Calf and turkey fries are served at about 3 p.m. File photo

You could just go to Castell General Store this weekend for barbecue and pizza and kayaking on the Llano River.

But for nearly 400 people, the third Saturday in May is set aside for an event that’s grown in popularity every year: the Testicle Festival.

“All kinds of people like to come here. Millionaires even hang out,” said store owner Marc Leifeste. “Everyone likes to kick back, enjoy the store, the river, everything.”

Music and barbecue start at about noon. Pizza will be available that evening.

The main dish, 250 pounds of calf and turkey fries, will be served at about 3 p.m. The line leads well out the front door once they’re ready, and they sell out quickly.

You can also compete in a washer tournament, rent a kayak to take out on the Llano River, or bid on live auction items.

The auction benefits the Castell Scholarship Fund, which last year gave $1,000 each to a graduate of Mason and Llano high schools.

Castell General Store is located at 19522 RR 152 in Llano County. Visit or call (325) 247-4100 for more information.

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