Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - You can take Rick Perry out of Texas, but the governor's down-home roots aren't fixin' to go anywhere.
The charismatic presidential candidate's twang and tell-it-like-it-is manner were hard to miss this weekend as he met voters at two public events in the state.
He tossed off only-in-the-South terminology like "y'all" and "daggummit."
He told stories about helping his family grow corn and wheat on a farm in a tiny Texas community called Paint Creek, reminiscing about "living my first few years in the luxury of a house that didn't have indoor plumbing, wearing clothes that my mother had hand-sewn, a lot of them," he said.
And he shared some colorful pieces of home-grown wisdom.
On disagreeing with the state legislature: "When you get too far out in front of the parade they will let you know," he said.
When calling on a man who wore pants dyed a bright salmon color that is popular in tony New England but not common below the Mason-Dixon Line: "Anybody that wears that color pants, you gotta win."
On his visit to the New Hampshire Energy Freedom Family Festival in Manchester, Perry clapped voters on the back, chatted with teenage boys about sports teams and squatted to tousle the hair of many of the children he met. Then he served himself a lunch of a hamburger and pasta salad - and paused to mug for the media as he scooped up some baked beans. Making his way to a picnic table, he insisted on remaining standing until all the ladies were seated.
Then the socially conservative governor, who is not shy about his evangelical Christian beliefs, asked the table if he could bless their meal.
"Father, thank you for the day and we thank you for all your blessings. Bless this food to the nourishment of our life. Bless us all in your name and we ask for wisdom and grace in this country. Amen," he said.