Thursday, February 17, 2011

Bell House is bringing 10 gallons of fun this Sunday

By Meredith Deliso

Brooklyn is a borough of transplants — so it’s about time that all those wired, muddled masses who yearned to be free from Minnesota, Iowa, Oklahoma and all the other lame places have a place to share their tiny homesickness.

For that reason, the Bell House has will host a different “state fair” every month, celebrating the good ol’ hinterlands with local beer, food, music and games.

“We know a lot of groups of transplants and thought it would be fun to throw a party where people could celebrate their state in food and beer, re-connect with old friends, and meet new ones,” said Heather D., the director of events for the Gowanus-area venue, who is herself a Colorado transplant.

On Feb. 20, the series continues with a Texas state fair — and it wouldn’t be a proper Lone Star affair without a belt buckle contest — the bigger the better — where $50 is on the line. There will also be draft beers from the Rio Grande state, a queso cook-off (Rotel and Velveeta is always a winning combination), ping pong tables, and more. As for attire, well, a cowboy hat is pretty much mandatory.

Texas State Fair at the Bell House [149 Seventh St. between Second and Third avenues in Gowanus, (718) 643-6510], Feb. 20, 3-7 pm. Free. For info, visit


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