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Jimmy Dean Museum marks Dean’s 93rd birthday

LUBBOCK, Texas (Press release) – August 10th would have been Jimmy Dean’s 93rd birthday. The late artist and sausage tycoon was born in 1928 in Olton. As a young boy, he moved to the community of Seth Ward and Plainview with his family. Dean died at his home in Virginia in 2010 at the age of 82.

Dean, who has made Plainview home for much of his life, has built a sausage and entertainment empire. His sausage factory opened in Plainview in 1969. Later in his life he gave back to the community by supporting Wayland Baptist University, as well as by donating an organ to Seth Ward Baptist Church where he dated when he was a child.

On September 4th, Plainview will celebrate the life and memory of Jimmy Dean with the Jimmy Dean Music and Arts Festival at the Jimmy Dean Museum, 1900 W. 8th St. in Plainview. Jimmy’s widow Donna Dean will be a featured artist with the Sounds of West Texas in a 7 p.m. street concert.

The evening concert will round off a full day of activities including arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, the Mustang Club car show, and free tours of the museum. Local musicians The Hogg Maulies will perform at 2 p.m. and Grammy-nominated artist David Lee Rodriguez will take the stage at 4 p.m.

Event organizers will also sell a special commemorative poster designed by Texas Tech University graphic arts professor Dirk Fowler, co-founder of F2-Designs. Fowler’s work has been featured on commemorative posters for artists such as Pat Green, Loretta Lynn, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Gwen Stefanie and Duran Duran. Fowler designs and prints his posters on a letterpress printer, giving them unique added value. Only 50 posters will be available for purchase. Each poster is numbered by hand and signed by the artist.

For more information, visit or call 806-291-3662.

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