How Country Are Ya?

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Kelly McDuffie/Special to the Bulletin


Thousands of fans attended a concert at Burnet's Haley-Nelson Park, featuring Kevin Fowler as part of the summer concert series. The event — coordinated by Double Eagle Entertainment — is funded in part by the city and the economic development corporation to help bring more tourism dollars into the city. Fowler, an Amarillo native, was formerly a member of the hard rock band Dangerous Toys before switching genres and beginning a country music career. His new album, “Barstool Stories,” is coming out in stores Aug. 23.


Music keeps Oakalla resident Pratt busy

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Contributed/Bethany Lee

By Fran Jones

The Bulletin

Eighteen-year-old Rowan Pratt of Oakalla keeps pretty busy with his various music undertakings. He teaches private lessons on the guitar at the Wise Owl Academy in Kempner. Also he holds a class there called the Garage Band. Those who sign up for this class learn how to practice and perform in a band. His Manager, Tanisha Garfield said that this group held a winter concert and plans another one for the spring. In addition to being available to play guitar for several groups, he can be found playing the piano at Oakalla Baptist Church each Sunday morning. Rowan says that he is “happy to be moving forward with respect to teaching and playing.” Anyone wishing to reach Rowan for help with the guitar, or wishing to sign up for one of his instructional opportunities can contact his Manager, Tanisha Garfield at 254-290-7990.


2018 Highland Lakes Summer and 4th of July events schedule

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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


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