33rd Bluebonnet Festival Smashes Records

BY CHRISTI BERTELSON/BURNET BULLETIN

 

Even rain showers could not keep more than 30,000 people from attending the 33rd Annual Bluebonnet Festival.

“We had record numbers on everything this year, every number we counted was more than it has been,” said Kim Winkler, Director of the Burnet Chamber of Commerce.

The rainy weather, possibly intimidated by the crowd only stayed during the afternoon.

By nightfall, the rain had gone and over 1,700 people were in attendance to watch Bri Bagwell and Jason Boland play during the Saturday night Concert.

“That is the most we have had for our Saturday night concert,” said Winkler.

While final numbers are still being tallied Winkler said that they had record number carnival sales and completely sold out of Chamber Bluebonnet Festival T-shirts.

Dale Watson, who played Friday night seemed to draw a large crowd as well but numbers for that concert can not be determined.

“We get our numbers from the amount of wrist bands sold, and since Dale’s concert was considered a street dance and it was free we are not for sure how many people attended but we think it was more than last year,” said Winkler.

Also in record numbers were the vendors that totaled to over 200 and entries for the Grand Parade that totaled close to 130.

“Thanks to all who have helped make the festival into something special for our community!  I can’t say enough about our incredibly dedicated Festival committee, directors and staff, dozens of volunteers, as well as the City of Burnet for all of their help in pulling off an event of this magnitude that continues to grow every year,” said Winkler.

“Also a big thank you goes out to our sponsors who provide the financial support to make this weekend possible!”

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