2018 Highland Lakes Summer and 4th of July events schedule

Check out these events and other fun aspects of the Highland Lakes in our Summer Fun Guide in the June 27 edition of the Burnet Bulletin!


Independence Day Celebrations


July 1

Reds, Whites & Blues Celebration at Lost Draw Cellars – Enjoy live blues music, hotdogs, and Texas wine in celebration of the 4th of July! 830-992-3251


July 1-4


FEMA presents flood maps Tuesday night

Glynis Crawford Smith/Burnet Bulletin

Mercedes McCloughan of All State Insurance addresses a March 22 workshop for Marble Falls residents to learn more about proposed changes in local Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). A free open house will be held 2-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at the Marble Falls Lakeside Pavilion, 307 Buena Vista Drive, open to everyone in the Burnet-Williamson County area to learn about changes in heir maps.







By Glynis Crawford Smith

Burnet Bulletin

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is updating Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for this area and that can mean a lot to to bottom line of your insurance bill.

To help residents better understand where the changes are occurring on the new flood maps and their impact, Burnet County and the City of Marble Falls have partnered with FEMA to hold an Insurance Workshop from 2-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at Marble Falls Lakeside Pavilion, 307 Buena Vista Drive. It will focus on Region 6 (Burnet and Williamson counties).


Bluebonnet Festival begins Thursday

Photo by Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin

Bluebonnets cluster around train rails as the Mighty Thomas Carnival is assembled beyond at the corner of Boundary and League Streets in Burnet.  The carnival is just one attraction in the four-day Burnet Bluebonnet Festival. Some celebrants will arrive by the Austin Steam Train Association's Bluebonnet Festival Flyer (






The Texas state flower is putting on its show and all roads (and railroads) lead to Burnet this weekend for the 2018 Bluebonnet Festival.

Thursday-Sunday, April 13-15, marks Burnet's 35th annual celebration of that carpet of blue.

It all begins Thursday with the Mighty Thomas Carnival opening, 5-10 p.m., at the corner of Boundary and League Streets.

The carnival has traditional features for every age, with Family Night on Thursday, a local favorite. It will be open also on Friday, 5-11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., and Sunday noon-5 p.m.

Wrist bands for unlimited rices can be purchased ahead of time at the Burnet Chamber of Commerce and at the carnival. Single tickets can be purchased for $1 per ticket, or $25 for 30 tickets. Rides are 3-5 tickets and all riders must have tickets.



Bluebonnet Festival tuns big 3-5

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

The most anticipated event in Burnet is right around the corner, and, as if their weren't enough to celebrate, it will be hitting a milestone. The Bluebonnet Festival will be turning the big 3-5. The 35th annual Bluebonnet Festival is set to take place Thursday, April 12, through Sunday, April 15.

The Bluebonnet Festival brings in an average of 30,000 visitors to this small town, and more than 200 vendors will be setting up shop around the square and down Jackson Street, ready to share their craftsmanship and tasty treats with these attendees.

The festival will kick off on Thursday, April 12, at 5 p.m. as the Mighty Thomas Carnival Family Night commences. The good times will roll nonstop through the weekend with multiple events everyone can look forward to.


Visit CAMPO open house April 2

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) is inviting the public to attend an open house for the 2019-2022 Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) and the Regional Arterials Study, from 4-7 p.m. this evening, Monday, April 2, in Marble Falls.

Citizens concerned with the outcome of planning for streets, roads and highways have these opportunities to get in on the ground floor to participate in recommendations for the Texas Department of Transportation.

CAMPO is working with local governments and regional agencies to develop a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the area. The 2019-2022 TIP is the four-year program that lists all federal funded transportation projects in the six-county CAMPO region, in addition to state funded and regionally significant projects.


Lawn & Garden Show is Saturday

Contributed/Sheryl Yantis

A Red Admiral butterfly.  Learn about them and much more at the annual Hill Country Lawn and Garden Show in Burnet Saturday.

By Robert & Sheryl Yantis

Highland Lakes Master Gardeners

Earth-Kind specialists

This Saturday, March 24, is the Hill Country Lawn and Garden Show is not all about plants and garden vendors. It is a time for learning, too and butterflies are on the agenda.

Butterflies are beautiful and mysterious creatures that appear in our gardens in spring and disappear during our cold winter weather. They come in a variety of sizes, colors and shapes that help us identify them.


Dig the LUAS Archaeology Fair this weekend

The Llano Uplift Archeological Society (LUAS) will host their annual Archeology Fair on Saturday. March 24, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the LCRA Nightengale Archaeological Center in Kingsland. The event is free.

Visitors will be able to see how the original Hill Country inhabitants lived. LUAS members will conduct guided tours along our interpretive trail. The onsite museum will be open for visitors to see artifacts which are thousands of years old.

They'll be able to practice their skills using ancient hunting devices such as the 'atlatl' and rabbit sticks. They may even bring their own artifacts for experts to identify.

This year LUAS will have several other regional and state archeology groups joining them. The Texas Archeological Society, Travis County Archeological Society, Hill County Archeology Association (Kerrville), and LCRA Archeology Division will set up exhibit tables.


Candlelight Ranch hosts chili cook-off, car show Sunday

Great cars and motorcycles are the bonus at the 2nd Annual Candlelight Ranch Chili Cook-off & Car Show Sunday.



The 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off & Car Show to benefit Candlelight Ranch will be held Sunday, Feb. 11 from noon-4 p.m.

Candlelight Ranch, located at 6408 Muleshoe Bend Trail, off Ranch to Market Road 1431 in southeastern Burnet County, serves at-risk youth and children with disabilities across Central Texas.

The event will feature celebrity judges and live music from Haup & Sully, featuring Clinton James and Dan Sullivan of The Detentions.

General admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children under 18, with $10 zip line rides and free hay rides and a nature scavenger hunt for children.

Twelve teams of six people will be accepted for the cook-off at $150 per team for the prize categories of Judge’s Choice (1st, 2nd, 3rd), People’s Choice and Best Showmanship. For more information or to enter, contact Don Barr at or 512-517-5849


Area-wide Democratic Rally called for Saturday


The local trio Turnabout Trio--Lisa Miller, Don Crowder and Pat Gibbons--will provide live music entertainment at the old fashioned political rally for Democrats in Burnet, Llano, Blanco and Lampasas counties being held noon-3 p.m. Saturday at the Westside Park Community Center, Second Street at Avenue Q in Marble Falls.





Democrats will hold a free, area-wide event from noon-3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Westside Park Community Building, 1610 Second Street in Marble Falls.

“Llano County Democrats will have 35 candidates on their March Primary Election ballots,” said Dana Rushing, chairwoman of Llano County Democrats. “We are so excited about having so many candidates that we are going to have an 'Old- Fashioned Political Rally.'

“The free event will feature speeches from our local and statewide candidates, but we will also conduct a straw poll, and offer door prizes and hotdogs. The local trio Turnabout (Lisa Miller, Don Crowder and Pat Gibbons), will provide live music entertainment.”

Burnet and Blanco county Democrats and the Highland Lakes Democratic Women are co-hosting the event.

“The community center on Second Street at Avenue Q will provide an indoor venue for the rally, even if the weather is ugly,” Rushing said.


GOP candidate forum in Burnet Thursday, Feb. 1

Republican candidates in two contested Burnet County March 6 primary races will appear at a 6:30 p.m. political forum Thursday, Feb. 1, at the Burnet Community Center, 401 E. Jackson.

The event is sponsored by the Burnet Chamber of Commerce, the Burnet Bulletin and the Burnet County Republican Club, whose member will be serving cookies to guests, beginning at 6 p.m.

There are three candidates in the race for Precinct 2 Commissioner, currently held by Russell Graeter, who did not seek re-election. Candidates include, in alphabetical order by last name, Damon Beierle, Ryan Rowney and Tom Stephens.

Also contested is the race for Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace, currently held by Peggy Shell Simon, who also did not seek re-election. Candidates in this race include Carey Hendrick, Jane Marie Hurst and Jeff Sellers.


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