Burnet Chamber of Commerce


2020 Bluebonnet Festival canceled over COVID-19 concerns

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One fixture of the Bluebonnet Festival involved parades in the downtown square featuring community leaders, school groups, nonprofit entities and merchants. Due to the coronavirus scare, the Burnet Chamber of Commerce opted to cancel the event which was scheduled for the second week in April.






From staff reports

The Burnet Chamber of Commerce announced late Tuesday, March 17, the cancelation of the Burnet Bluebonnet Festival for the first time in the event's 37-year history.

Chamber officials made the announcement on their Facebook page and said the decision to cancel the April 10-12 event came at the recommendation of the Burnet County Health Authority and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to not hold large gatherings in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. …


Fallen Police Officer Meza, Burnet PD Chief Nelson honored by chamber

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Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson, left, receives the Thomas C. Ferguson Outstanding Citizen of the Year from Wade Langley at the Chamber of Commerce banquet on Feb. 8.




By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

A packed room cheered heartily when Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson was named the Thomas C. Ferguson Outstanding Citizen of the Year at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet Saturday, Feb. 8, but the biggest ovation of the night came for one of his officers, who died in the line of duty last year.

BPD K-9 handler Jose Humberto Meza, who died of a heart attack after a training session on Dec. 20, 2019, was named the recipient of the Wallace Riddell Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. His widow, Cristina, was present to accept the award on his behalf from Ann Riddell and Vonnie Fox.


Nominees announced for Burnet Chamber awards

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Dorothy James is presented the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award by Chamber Director Damon Beierle at the 64th Annual Burnet Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet held last year at the Burnet Community Center. In honor of her 13 years as Bluebonnet Chair, the award will be renamed the Dorothy James Volunteer of the Year Award for future banquets.






Special to the Bulletin

The nominations are in and the votes have been counted. Who will win at the 65th annual Burnet Chamber of Commerce Banquet and Awards Presentation, set for Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Burnet Community Center?

On this night, the Burnet Chamber of Commerce will recognize outstanding individuals and businesses while reflecting on the past year and looking forward to 2020.


Burnet Chamber seeking Christmas bicycle sponsors

The Burnet Chamber of Commerce cordially invites local businesses, organizations, and individuals to become a sponsor of The Christmas on the Square festival to be held Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019.

The Chamber is especially excited to announce that, in addition to a parade, Arts & Crafts vendors, holiday entertainment & a visit from Santa, downtown Burnet will again have ‘Snow on the Square’ that includes a snow slide and two snow play areas, compliments of Burnet County and the City of Burnet!

It is because of our supportive friends that the festival has become a holiday tradition where families return year after year to celebrate the Christmas season. Of course, one of the highlights of the day is the Bicycle Giveaway following the evening parade, and we need your help to give away as many bicycles to deserving children as possible.


US Congressman Williams tackles topics of tariffs and gun violence

Burnet County Judge James Oakley/Special to The Bulletin
Burnet Chamber of Commerce hosted a Coffee with the Congressman event Wednesday, Aug. 21, featuring US Rep. Roger Williams (Dist. 25) at Unshakeable Grounds coffee shop in downtown Burnet.




From staff reports

US Congressman Roger Williams (Dist. 25) spoke about national issues to a local crowd of about 30 people in Burnet for the latest Coffee with the Congressman event.

His appearance the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 21 at Unshakeable Grounds in downtown Burnet followed his coffee break event in Marble Falls on Aug. 13.


Snow Day a frolic in Burnet

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Catherine Collier runs for cover as her brother, Lucas, takes aim Saturday, Dec. 9.  Christmas on the Square in Burnet featured a Snow Day this year and kids took advantabe of the White stuff. Hundreds stood in line for hours to get their shot at throwing snowballs, making snow angels and taking holiday pictures in snow blown in for the occasion. Visit the Burnet Bulletin page on Facebook to see more scenes from the weekend.

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

It's Christmas time in the city. This past weekend, the city of Burnet got a firsthand experience of the holiday season down on the Courthouse square. The event was a great success, the expressions on visitors' faces making this evident.

“Christmas on the Square was a great success!” said Kim Winkler, executive director of the Burnet Chamber of Commerce. “Snow on the Square was a wonderful addition to the event and the Chamber is so grateful for the overwhelming support from Burnet County and the City of Burnet to make events like this possible for our community.

“Kids (and parents) were in heaven throwing snowballs and playing in the snow — some for the first time ever. Believe it or not, kids were still playing in the snow Sunday night while waiting in the Main Street Bethlehem line!’


Make tracks to Burnet Snow Day, Dec. 9

Make tracks to the Burnet Sow Day, noon-4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9, at Christmas on the Square.

“Sleigh bells ring; are you listening? In the lane, snow is glistening. A beautiful sight, we're happy tonight, walking in a winter wonderland!”

This catchy tune will become reality for kids and adults of all ages in Burnet during the annual Christmas on the Square celebration!

That's right … there is a 100 percent chance of snow on the corner of Jackson and Pierce Streets from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.

Christmas on the Square, co-sponsored by the City of Burnet and Burnet County, will take place noon to 9 p.m. in Downtown Burnet with live music performances throughout the day and performances by the Burnet High School Highlandettes and Studio 29 Dance Centre.

In addition to the snow, families will be able to enjoy entertainment; vendors; food on the square; pictures with Santa on the Courthouse steps; the Jingle Bell Jog 5K – a new addition to the event; and a bicycle drawing.


Burnet brings companies, job seekers together


Aug. 31 Job Fair addresses needs of employers, employees. 


Towns catch tourism with Pokemon Go



On Sept. 28, 1998, a little-known pair of games called Pokémon Red and Blue were released in the United States after seeing commercial success in their home country of Japan. And from there, the game series took the U.S. by storm, from currency for school children of the late 1990s as a card game to a popular, long running cartoon spawning 19 movies. One could be forgiven for not thinking Pokémon could be caught in the real world.

On July 6, 2016 — two years after a Google April Fool’s Joke based on the same concept — Pokémon Go released on Apple Store and Google Play to worldwide success. In this GPS-based mobile game, players create their own trainer avatar and pick from a choice of three Pokémon: Charmander, Bulbasaur and Squirtle.

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