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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 (www.austinsteamtrain.org).






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.


Bluebonnet Festival brings magic to children


The Goble family attends the Bertram Centennial celebration in 1957. Among the children is Crista Goble Bromley. Today she is the mayor of Burnet whick will hold its annual Bluebonnet Festival next month.





Special to Burnet Bulletin

Burnet Mayor Crista Goble Bromley

One of my fondest memories is attending the Bertram Centennial as a little girl. The train came to town and, having never seen a train up close, it seemed almost magical. There was a parade and animals and games. It was so exciting!

I imagine that a lot of today’s children view our Burnet Bluebonnet Festival with those same magic filled eyes. This year, the Burnet Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 35th annual festival; a feat all on its own, but more than that, the festival continues to grow each year. What once filled only the square now reaches from Hamilton Creek Park on the west all the way to the railroad depot on the east.


McBurnett named Citizen of the Year

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin

Burnet Chamber of Commerce board member Ben Farmer, right, presents the Thomas C. Ferguson Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award to Burnet CISD superintendent Keith McBurnett at the annual chamber awards banquet held Saturday, Feb. 17. Applauding him are, from left, board members Crista Tate, Mark Lunsford and Sherri Wisner.






By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

A sign of a strong community is the generosity and kindness its members offer to each other, all for the benefit of the group as a whole. The people of Burnet exhibit these traits daily, from something as small as a smile, to selflessly donating time and effort to someone in need.

On Saturday, Feb. 17, the people of Burnet came together to celebrate the accomplishments of these people and the difference they continue to make in the community at the 63rd annual Burnet Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet at the Burnet Community Center.

The night began with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Mark Lunsford, and the invocation offered by Gary Wideman.

As presented every year, the BCISD Hall of Honor Awards were given to deserving former BCISD employees and graduates in recognition of their achievements and service to the school district and community.


Frady remembered for building tradition at BHS

Bulletin file photo

Burnet CISD board member Robby Robertson presents the Distinguished Former Employee award to Coach Ray Frady in 2017 at the Burnet Chamber of Commerce annual banquet. Frady died Saturday, Feb. 17, at the age of 84. See his obituary here at BurnetBulletin.com: http://bit.ly/2EW7FMk



By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Former Burnet High School athletic director and longtime Camp Longhorn director Ray Frady, a member of the Burnet CISD Hall of Honor, died Saturday, Feb. 17, at the age of 84.

News of Frady's passing was announced at the end of Saturday night's Burnet Chamber of Commerce annual banquet, where Frady had been honored just one year prior with his induction into the BCISD Hall of Honor as a Distinguished Former Employee.

Frady also was a former Burnet Chamber board member for three years and was honored as the community's Outstanding Citizen of the Year in 1974.

“The Burnet CISD family is mourning the loss of Coach Ray Frady,” Superintendent Keith McBurnett said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

McBurnett spoke of Frady's impact on Burnet High School while announcing the 2018 Hall of Honor class Saturday night.


Burnet Chamber ready for Awards Banquet Saturday night



By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

The Burnet community is built on a foundation of philanthropic values, hard working citizens, dedicated volunteers, and determined students and educators who all share a common goal: helping our big-hearted small town flourish.

This Saturday, Feb. 17, the Burnet Chamber of Commerce will host the 63rd annual Awards Banquet to honor the outstanding citizens, businesses, and non-profit organizations that have continually made a difference in the community.

Nominees were selected by peers, fellow volunteers, educators, and administrators that wish to celebrate their love for the community by recognizing these individuals and the efforts they put forth to ensure its success.

“These people and groups make a positive impact on our community and they need to be recognized,” Burnet Chamber of Commerce executive director Kim Winkler said.


Burnet VFW celebrates 50 years

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin

District 14 Commander Lora Land presents VFW Post 6974 with a Golden Anniversary Award on Saturday, Jan. 13. Pictured left to right: District 14 Adjutant Gary Land, Killeen Post 9191 Commander Melvin Pernell, Burnet VFW Post 6974 Commander Bill Alexander, and District 14 Commander Lora Land.





By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

The Highland Lakes Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 6974 in Burnet celebrated its 50th anniversary on Saturday, Jan. 13.

The celebration was made even sweeter as members reflected on the last few years, the threat of being permanently shut down still fresh in their memory.

In 2017, Post 6974 in Burnet was facing closure due to a serious shortage of officers, poor leadership, and a facility that was in unacceptable shape. Post 6974 trustee Bill Piotrowski urged eligible citizens to step up and become members of the post to join in on the rescue mission.


Oldcastle announces new facility


An aerial photo shows the new Jewell manufacturing plant on the east side of US 281, not far from the intersection with Farm to Market Road 1855 (8147 South US 281). The Oldcastle company expects to be operational this month.





By Glynis Crawford Smith

Burnet Bulletin

Jewell, an Oldcastle Company, has announced it expects its a new state-of-art, 23,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Burnet County to be operational by the end of December 2017.

The multi-million dollar plant is located on the east side of US 281, not far from the intersection with Farm to Market Road 1855, about six miles north of Marble Falls and seven miles south of Burnet. The 15-acre tract will include an on-site quarry for raw materials.

This new plant will service Central Texas, including the Austin and San Antonio markets, according to a company press release Wednesday, Dec. 13. A grand opening is planned for late February or some time in March.


Snow Day a frolic in Burnet

Frank Shubert/Burnet Bulletin

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.


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