Bluebonnet Festival brings good times to Burnet

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
City of Burnet Mayor Crista Goble Bromley waves to the crowd as she rides around the Burnet Courthouse Square during last year's Bluebonnet Festival Grand Parade. This year's Bluebonnet Festival will take place Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14, and the Grand Parade will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. Sign-up for the parade has been extended through this Friday, April 5 at noon; registration forms are available at the Burnet Chamber of Commerce, 101 N. Pierce Street, Burnet, or online at







By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

The Highlander

The Bluebonnet Festival has been bringing good times and entertainment to Burnet residents and visitors for 36 years around the Burnet Courthouse square and throughout other areas of town. This year, the Bluebonnet Festival will take place Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 14.

Bluebonnet Festival weekend will be packed with food, crafts, live music, and the Mighty Thomas Carnival, the primary source of squeals and giggles from kids of all ages.

“There is so much excitement going in to this year's Bluebonnet Festival,” said Burnet Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kim Winkler. “With bluebonnets in abundance and our concert headliners generating so much buzz, it's easy to understand why.”

This year's live music line-up is sure to bring a boot-stomping good time to the Burnet Courthouse Square and Jackson Street, as visitors will have the pleasure of listening to music from local singers and songwriters, leading up to the headline shows Friday and Saturday night.

Visitors will enjoy a free concert and street dance featuring Texas Country Music legend Gary P. Nunn Friday evening, and well-known band Shotgun Rider will open for Mike Ryan Saturday night.

Tickets for Saturday night's concert, which will be available at the gate, are $15 plus a $5 cooler fee.

In the daytime, many beloved festivities will take place on the square and beyond, including the Pet Parade and Grand Parade, Literacy Highland Lakes' Rubber Ducky Race, a Wild West style gunfight, and many more. Across State 29, the 16th annual Lake Area Rods and Classics Car Show will take place along Hamilton Creek at the Burnet riverwalk. For more information on the club and the events they host, visit

Before Saturday night's concert, take a quick drive to the Burnet County Rodeo Arena to enjoy the 27th annual Demolition Derby. Gates open at 5 p.m., the event starts at 6 p.m., and tickets are available at the gate. Kids ages five and under get free admission, ages six to nine are $5, and ages ten and up are $15.

The Derby is a BYOB event, and a $10 cooler fee applies. No bottles are allowed on the rodeo grounds. Various entertainment during the event include a Kids Power Wheel Race, and the Mrs. Demo Derby contest. For more information about the Demolition Derby, contact Rustey Ward at 512-234-0794 or Brent Nichols at 512-663-2856.

Though most of the festivities take will take place Friday and Saturday, the event ends with worship on the square, live music, the Gary Wideman State Farm Insurance annual Wiener Dog Race, and much more on Sunday, April 14. Make sure to stick around for the entire festival so you don't miss a thing!

“Our three fun-filled days are packed with so many different events and activities, it is impossible to say what I look forward to the most, but I always wish I could be two places at one time in order to take it all in,” Winkler said.

Registration for the Bluebonnet Festival Grand Parade has been extended through this Friday, April 5 at 12 p.m. Onsite/day-of registration will not be available. Entry forms are available at the Burnet Chamber of Commerce, 101 North Pierce Street or online at

For more information on events taking place during the 36th annual Bluebonnet Festival, and to sign up to help out during the festival events, visit Stay tuned to next week's issue of the Burnet Bulletin for a full schedule of events.

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