Bluebonnet Festival brings magic to children


The Goble family attends the Bertram Centennial celebration in 1957. Among the children is Crista Goble Bromley. Today she is the mayor of Burnet whick will hold its annual Bluebonnet Festival next month.





Special to Burnet Bulletin

Burnet Mayor Crista Goble Bromley

One of my fondest memories is attending the Bertram Centennial as a little girl. The train came to town and, having never seen a train up close, it seemed almost magical. There was a parade and animals and games. It was so exciting!

I imagine that a lot of today’s children view our Burnet Bluebonnet Festival with those same magic filled eyes. This year, the Burnet Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 35th annual festival; a feat all on its own, but more than that, the festival continues to grow each year. What once filled only the square now reaches from Hamilton Creek Park on the west all the way to the railroad depot on the east.

Activities begin in the week preceding the festival with the Mighty Thomas Carnival opening for Wrist Band/Family Night on Thursday, April 12, followed on Friday by a myriad of activities including the Kiwanis All You Can Eat Pancake event from 6 a.m. until 1 p.m., the Highland Lakes Birding and Wildflower Show, arts and crafts, pet parade, live music and vendors, to name a few.

And that’s just the beginning. Saturday and Sunday continue the activities with everything from a 5K and 10K run to continuous entertainment, to a car show on the banks of Hamilton Creek, to a demolition derby, to shoot-outs by the Burnet Gunfighters and of course the rubber ducky race, wiener dog races, and the fabulous Bluebonnet Parade.

The events are numerous and continuous throughout the weekend. Folks will also get the opportunity to see a train “up close” as the Hill Country Flyer rolls into town. There are just so many activities that you are bound to find something that strikes your fancy.

An amazing event like the Burnet Bluebonnet Festival speaks to the heart of small town America. Not only does it evoke memories of our past but creates new memories for the whole family, little girls and boys, and everyone else.

Held the second weekend in April each year, during the height of the Bluebonnet (the Texas state flower) flowering season, we celebrate not only the beautiful wildflowers that cover our fields and roadsides but the wonder in our hearts the festival creates. Thank you once again Burnet Chamber of Commerce for bringing us a little bit of magic.

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