'Tri' something fun this weekend - three favorites return to Burnet

Country/Tejano artist Rick Trevino will kick off the 2019 Burnet Octoberfest concert series Friday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Texas country artist Stoney LaRue will headline Saturday's live music at 8:30. The Octoberfest concerts will take place at the Burnet carnival grounds at East League and Vandeveer Streets near the Burnet Community Center.





Special to the Bulletin

Burnet residents and visitors will be able to enjoy triple the fun and festivities this weekend as three annual events return to town.

Octoberfest, the Burnet Art Festival, and Fort Croghan Day will give everyone something to enjoy, and the public is invited to experience every bit of what each event has to offer.


The third annual Octoberfest is bringing all the craft beer, activities, food, and live music a town could want, and it will all be located in downtown Burnet.

“The excitement is growing as we approach our third Octoberfest,” said Burnet Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kim Winkler. “The event is growing, too, and this year we will have concerts both nights.”

Starting Friday, Oct. 11, arts and crafts and food vendors will set up shop for visitors to explore at 4 p.m. before the live music begins with a free concert from Matthew Butter at 6:30 p.m. and Rick Trevino at 7:30 p.m.

The fun continues Saturday, Oct. 12, beginning with the 2019 Project Graduation 5K Color Run, and continuing with arts and crafts vendors and food court opening at 11 a.m. Free kids rides and activities will begin at 12 p.m.

“Of course, the fifth annual Burnet Art Festival will be happening at the Community Center and all around town, the Farmer's Market will be on the square, and Fort Croghan Day is going on just down the road,” Winkler said. “There is so much to see and do and we hope the community and visitors will come check out all we have to offer.

Saturday's live music will kick off with Ben Watson and the Hired Guns at 12 p.m. At 2 p.m., LaDezz will perform, and at 4 p.m. Richie B. and the River City Kings will close out the free concerts.

Admission fees to the Saturday night concert begins at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 each, seven to 12 years are admitted for $10, and six years and under are free.

The event is BYOB with a $5 cooler fee, and draft Oktoberfest and local craft beers will be available to purchase from F&H Construction Brewhouse.

LC Rocks will open Saturday night's concert at 6:30 p.m. and Stoney LaRue will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. at the corner of East League and Vandeveer Streets.

Rick Trevino

Ranked up with popular Hispanic country singers like Freddy Fender and Johnny Rodriguez, Rick Trevino rose through the country music charts in the mid-90's, stealing hearts with songs like “She Can't Say I Didn't Cry,” “Bobbie Ann Mason,” and other tunes combining the favorite sounds of country and rock.

Trevino released his popular songs in English and Spanish, and his fun blend of country and Tejano lyrics and music lend much enjoyment to his fans. Trevino has brought his timeless, 90's country sound to Burnet a few times in the past, and this year, he kicks off the favorite Octoberfest concert Friday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. on the Burnet carnival grounds at East League and Vandeveer Streets.

Stoney LaRue

Texas Country artist Stoney LaRue is known for his unique sound and his passion for bringing music and lyrics to his loyal fans. LaRue has been carrying on the legacy of Texas country music for nearly 20 years, and he continues bringing the heat.

Born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma, LaRue knows how to get a crowd fired up with his fun songs like “Oklahoma Breakdown,” and “Hill Country Boogaloo,” and gets the sweethearts slow-dancing to ballads like “Velvet” and his cover of the late Brandon Jenkins' “Feet Don't Touch the Ground.” LaRue and Jenkins performed together in Burnet in 2016 as part of the Burnet Concert Series.

LaRue has sold more than one million albums and singles during his career, and plans to release his new album “Onward” next month. Until then, he will bring the entertainment to downtown Burnet to close out the 2019 Octoberfest, a concert that should not be missed.

Art Festival

The Burnet Art Competition, Show and Sale brings together artists from across Texas to paint our beautiful hill country scenes. Over one hundred original paintings will be displayed in the Artfest Gallery located at the Burnet Community Center, 401 East Jackson Street, Burnet.

This year's participating artists will compete for over $2,500 cash, so the competition is fierce. 2019 Burnet Art Competition artists include Helen Alexander; Rachel Garner; Ronda Hostetter; Janice Hindes; Marla Ripperda; Roy Smith; Betty Bielser; Diana Goble; Jan Hulen; Kathy Meador; K Roberti; Baron Wilson; Margaret Footit; Amie Gonser; Esther Jones; Agnes Neusch; and Carla Sanchez.

The youth competition portion of the Burnet Artfest is also highly competitive. Local school art teachers help their students prepare for the competition every year, and it is so fun to see what these budding artists have created. There are some truly amazing young artists in Burnet County. For more information about this year's Art Festival, visit artburnet.com.

Judges in this year's event are Lee Ricks, Jan Frazier, and Francine Carraro.

Ricks is a South Texas painter with a love of the beauty of nature. He has a respect for and interest in the older things and people that are disappearing daily from our modern world.

Lee has been published in several national art publications and won numerous awards in national competitions, most recently the First Place Award in the Paint the Town juried plein air competition in Marble Falls in 2018.

Frazier won the 2018 Plein Air Art competition in Burnet and has received the honor of becoming our featured artist and judge this year. Her paintings will be on display in the gallery and she will also be providing a painting demonstration on Saturday, Oct. 12.

Carraro has been involved in the art world since 1999 as a professor, published author, and executive director of several Art Museums. She holds a Ph.D.in American Studies from The University of Texas at Austin and specialized in 19th and 20th century American art and architecture.

Recently retired from the Wichita Falls Museum of Art, she and her husband now call Burnet their home, where she is a member of the Rotary Club of Burnet and other community organizations.

Fort Croghan Day

Looking forward to one of their most popular events, volunteers at Fort Croghan Grounds and Museum are preparing to provide a wonderful trip back in time for visitors of all ages on Saturday, Oct. 12.

Fort Croghan Day, anticipated by the community each year, will feature many people dressed in period clothing eager to educate the public about the beginnings of Burnet and how settlers lived their lives.

Guests will be surprised to find that families totaling 12 or more crammed into a single cabin each night to go to sleep, and pupils and school teachers shared a tiny school room as they learned their lessons each day.

Built in the 1850s to protect settlers from Native Americans and dangerous outlaws, Fort Croghan was home to many before it was decommissioned and families moved outward to settle the area that soon became Burnet. Guests will be able to see the Fort as it may have looked 170 years ago, all thanks to the volunteers who keep the museum and grounds alive.

“These cabins were all lived in, and that is what makes it so special,” said volunteer Judy Lively.

Individuals in long dresses and 1850's work clothes will teach visitors how sorghum syrup, biscuits, butter, and other foods were made, the words to “hollerin' songs” accompanied by banjos and other 19th century instruments which will provide music all day, the creation of settlers' tools in the blacksmith's shop, and much more.

Texas Rangers, the Buffalo Soldiers, and a Comanche tribe will also be present to demonstrate their stories of times long past, and square dancers will “do si do” with their partners for even more entertainment.

A gun fight will occur on the grounds at 11 a.m., which is always a sight – and sound – to behold.

“It will be noisy, busy, and fun,” Lively said.

Visitors of all ages are invited to join the pioneers at Fort Croghan Grounds and Museum Saturday, Oct. 12, starting at 9 a.m., to enjoy all of these activities and much more during Burnet's Octoberfest weekend.

Fort Croghan Grounds and Museum is located at 703 Buchanan Drive, Burnet.

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