Where: Burnet's Historic Square and Hamilton Creek Park
the official flower of the Lone Star state, a special place is reserved
for the bluebonnet in the heart of every Texan. That love is in
full bloom each second weekend in April as the city of Burnet, deemed
the "Bluebonnet Capital of Texas," holds a three-day floral
festival featuring fun for the whole family.
Events: The beat of a
marching band trumpets the arrival of a trail of Texas twirlers,
decorative floats and cowboys on horseback as the annual parade
kicks off the festivities. Over 25,000 people are expected to turn
their eyes to the skies as the Commemorative Air Force flies World
War II aircraft, while car enthusiasts can take a vehicular voyage
into the past at Hamilton Creek Park, where over 100 classic automobiles
are showcased. Families can watch while steely-eyed pistoleros face
each other in a showdown during the Gunfighter's Shootout, then
enjoy the ultimate time trip by climbing aboard the Hill Country
Flyer train as it makes its run to Cedar Park.
Athletically-minded festival attendees can lace up
their jogging shoes for the 5K fun run, or pedal through the park
in the Kiwanis Bicycle Tour. Those who still have the stamina can
stomp their feet to the beat of live music at the Saturday night
Shopping: The sounds of
country, gospel, pop and Tejano tunes from an ever-rotating roster
of performers provide a soundtrack to your shopping spree and you
browse among over 150 booths.
Texas tykes will love waving to the canine companions and feline
friends that promenade down the street in the Pet Parade, and little
animal lovers can cheer on Man's Best Friend as dachshunds dash
for the finish line in the annual Weiner Dog Race. Youngsters can
also tap into their artistic talent as they spruce up their two-wheelers
in the bicycle decoration contest, or let loose on the bumper cars
at the Mighty Thomas Carnival.
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