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Attend the Burnet Bluebonnet Festival 2017

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You’ve already pointed excitedly at perfect Bluebonnet patches along the side of the road and wandered into full fields of blue, camera in hand, but have you put the Burnet Bluebonnet Festival on your calendar yet? The 34th annual Bluebonnet Festival will take place April 7 – 9, 2017. Festivities include live music, the Bluebonnet Festival Grand Parade, a 5K and 10K run, a pet parade, the Bluebonnet Scholarship Pageant, a classic car display, a food court with more than 25 vendors, rubber ducky races, a children’s bicycle decorating contest, a wiener dog race, more than 150 art and craft vendors and a carnival with rides and games for the whole family.

Burnet Bluebonnet pageant

Photo: Courtesy of the Burnet Chamber of Commerce

“A stellar line-up of local artists and performers coupled with a few well known Texas performers will take the Main Stage on Washington Street, as well as the Jackson Street Stage,” the festival website says. “The live music begins Friday evening and jams through Sunday afternoon. Concerts on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon are free. A $10 admission fee will be charged for Saturday night headliner band performances, which includes a street dance.”

Burnet Bluebonnet Festival live musice

Photo: Courtesy of the Burnet Chamber of Commerce

The parade takes place on Saturday and consists of marching bands, antique cars, horses, fire trucks, and special performing groups such as the Sunrise Beach Lawn Chair Brigade and Hill Country Plungettes. The parade lasts for about an hour, and the newly crowned Bluebonnet Festival Royalty are always a highlight. “Approximately 150 entries will line up and head downtown to the heart of the festival,” the website says. “After going around the square, the parade will head east on Jackson street, back to the Burnet Cemetery staging area.”

Prizes will be awarded to the best walking group, most creative float, best automobile, best commercial entry and best overall entry. There is a $10 fee to enter the parade, and entry forms are available online.

Burnet Bluebonnet Festival Parade
Photo: Courtesy of the Burnet Chamber of Commerce

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