Bluebonnet Festival
Burnet, Texas

When: mid-April

Where: Burnet's Historic Square and Hamilton Creek Park

bluebonnetsAs 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 street dance.

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.

Children's Activities: 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.

For more information:

• visit www.burnetchamber.org

 

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