Llano Rock’N Riverfest

July2nd & 4th

For a full-throttle July4th weekend in Llano, be sure to be at Llano’s Rock’N Riverfest and Jet Ski Races on the Llano River in Badu Park!!!  Grab your sunscreen, bring a chair and watch the excitement of drag racing on the LlanoRiver Saturday July 2nd.  Relax at the beach and have fun swimming & playing in the river.  There will be games for the kids, bounce houses, and water slides.  You can also enjoy  a rousing round of horseshoes and washers and shop the vendors in the park.

Get Ready… Get Set… GO!  Time trials for jet ski racing on the beautiful Llano River, just west of the Llano bridge will start at 10 in the morning.  These races will definitely make waves that afternoon, so be sure to hang around!  Roger Monroe, announcer for San Angelo Dragboat Races, will be the official announcer.  For more information on participating and entering this portion of the weekend, please contact Bryan at830-220-2870.  

We also encourage everyone with Rat Rod Cars to bring your ride and show off what you’ve built; this event will grow and we hope to have a competition next year!   Enter your Patriotic Pet in the parade, enjoy wonderful homemade ice cream and enter a raffle for aYeti Cooler.  Shopping & food vendors will be ready to cater to you.   

Llano, Texas ALWAYS has the BESTfireworksin the Hill Country, and on Monday, July4ththe ski will light up over the Llano River withfireworks at dark:30.  Come early enjoy a swim in the river at the NEW Llano Beach, or rent a kayak for some added fun. Stake out your claim in the park on the river for a fantastic light show, pick your place on the bridge, or around the courthouse square to celebrate our great country with us.

To inquire about the Rock’ N Riverfest in general, please visitllanorocknriverfest.com,llanochamber.orgor call325-247-5354.   Race ya there!



The rivers are running full!   Summer is almost here!!!  The 19th Annual Bandera Riverfest – the Ultimate Riverside Picnic, is gearing up!   Check out one Bandera’s best assets – the beautiful Medina River.    Bandera Riverfest, well known as the Ultimate Riverside Picnic, keeps growing and has everything from water games, music, hot dog & watermelon eating contests, car show, arts and crafts, and a Bandera Idol competition.  And what do you do at a picnic?  Your Bar B Que!   Our Lone Star BBQ Cook-off has grown so much that this year we are offering a guaranteed $10,000 pay out!   Join us on Saturday, June 25th, for the best riverside picnic ever!

 This is Bandera, Cowboy Capital of the World!  Of course we have a rodeo!  A River Rodeo!  See if you can stay on our special broncs “Goodyear” or “Firestone”!  Bet you can’t make 8 seconds!  RiverFest has always been about the river, so wear your river shoes and swim suit.  We will also have kayak races and a river rescue race.  It is easy to enter and does not require any special equipment (Bandera River Yacht Club provides the tubes and kayaks!). There is no entry fee for this event either! 

You can also join in by entering the “Anything That Floats Regatta.”  That means every merchant in town, every sailor worth his salt, and every character (and Bandera has never been at a loss for those!) that ever walked the streets of Bandera and surrounding towns needs to get busy preparing their entry for this most unlikely of river parades!  There is no entry fee, and there are no rules except that your entry must float, so decorate up your best row boat, kayak, inner tube, raft, tractor tire tube, stryo-packing material…well you get the picture.  If it floats, it can be in the parade.  We will even allow trolling motors for those not wanting to paddle the river!  We have had some great entries in the past so - Get busy! And you could win money too!  $200 to the winner of these categories:  Best Nonprofit, Best Business, Best Individual or Family entries.  Have some fun and maybe win some cash!


If you are more of a beach lover, no worries, the Bandera Coastline – graciously donated by Bandera Rock & Road, will be the perfect place for you to unwind! So come on down for some fun, sun, & sand! YES we said SAND and we’ve got LOTS of it! We’ve got it all, minus the crabs! With or without the kids, building sandcastles is a fun way to spend the day! So grab a shovel and bucket and be as creative as you can!  For the kids we have a giant slip and slide!  

At Riverfest there is something for everyone! Besides the games for the kids, there are Arts and Crafts for Mom, great food and drink for the family and our Open Car Show for Dad.  Mixed in is the Lone Star BBQ Society’s sanctioned Bar-b-que Cook-off and the finals of the Bandera Idol Competition.  And there is music!  Did we mention the music?  Besides the Bandera Idol competition we have some of the best bands and entertainers around.  Come sit in the shade, drink a beer, margarita or lemonade, bring the kids and enjoy.

 There is no way you could find a better day at the river than Bandera Riverfest. Gates open at 10:00 am and tickets are $10.00 for adults, Seniors 55 and older are $5.00 . Children 12 and under are free and active Military with I.D. are also free.  All riverside games and water activities are absolutely free! For more information, visit  www.BanderaRiverFest.com or call 830-796-4447.  

Mark Your Calendars Now!

Burnet County Fair Set for June 9-11

The Burnet County Fair and Rodeo Association are celebrating “The Golden Years” with a 50th anniversary celebration, June 9th, 10th and 11th, 2016.  All Fair events will be held at Burnet Community Center or the Hill Country Foundation Building, located at 401 E. Jackson Street.  The Burnet County Rodeo will be held at the Houston Clinton Arena located at 1301 Houston Clinton Drive, Burnet, Texas. 

 All area Counties’ Bell, Blanco, Lampasas, Llano, San Saba, Williamson and Travis are eligible to enter items in the different divisions of the fair. For more information please visit the web site at www.BurnetCountyfair.com.

On Friday, June 10 we will have ongoing demonstrations and exhibits in the Hill Country Foundation Building located across the street from the community center.  There will be a display of Antique Sewing Machines, Burnet Historical Commission will give a presentation, Baylor Scott and White Hospital will be taking blood pressures and a presentation. A demonstration and tasting on” Making Cheese” the quick and simple way.  A Bee expert will have a display and answer questions concerning raising Bees and why Bees are important life. A Feral Hog display, Central Texas Ground Water District with a display,  Rainwater Harvesting and Collection,  and many more very interesting displays and demonstrations.  The highlight of the day is a cooking demonstration by Linda Sue Wells “Making Memories at Mealtime”. So make plans to come and spend the day at the Fair.

 Burnet County Area Fair Schedule of Events :

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

4:30 pm to 7:30 pm             Early Registration for Exhibitor Entries

Thursday, June 9, 2016      

9:00 am to 12:00 noon      Registration for Exhibitor Entries

Friday, June 10, 2016

10:00 am to 7:00 pm          Fair Open to the Public—Community Center

10:30 am to 3:00 pm         Ongoing Demonstrations---Hill Country Foundation Building (across Street from the Community Center)  

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm            “Making Memories at Mealtime”  

5:30 pm to 6:00 pm            Awards Presentation- Best of Division and Sweepstakes

6:00 pm to 6:30 pm            Photographs of Award Winners

6:30 pm                                    4-H Fashion Show

Saturday, June 11, 2016

9:00 am to 4:00 pm            Fair open to the Public  (Street Vendors and Country Store)

9:00 am to 2:30 pm            Lakes Area Rods and Classics Car Club, Open Car Show, (People’s Choice Award selected by the public.)

10:00 am                                Opening Ceremony

10:30am to 2:00 pm          Terri Locke—‘50’s and ‘60’s Rock ‘n Roll Music

11:00 am                                Arrival of the Hill Country Flyer Train   

11:00 am to 2:00 pm         4-H Barbeque (tickets on sale prior to the event and at the door)

1:30pm                                    Burnet Gunfighters presentation at the Old Town

2:00 pm                                  Raffle and Silent Auction Closes

2:30 pm                                  Raffle and Silent Auction Drawing-winners announced

4:00 pm                                  Fair closes to Public

4:30pm to 6:30 pm             Exhibitors pick up entries and Raffle items that have not been picked up



Hill Country Art Talk

The beautiful landscape of the Texas Hill Country has been the subject of countless paintings and photos, drawing people to the area from all over the world.

It is here that artists come to be inspired.

While there have always been artists in the Hill Country, it seems that the industry has taken off in recent years, and galleries and exhibits abound.

Tucked away in the communities that make this area, artists are busy honing their craft. In every town, there is at least one gallery and art guild.

One such community has taken art to the streets!

All around downtown Lampasas, murals have been painted, led by Vision Lampasas, a group that was organized with the mission to enhance the Historic Downtown.

There are currently nine murals, all of which display a scene that portrays a piece of the Lampasas culture and history.

The first of such murals, named ‘Boot Roundup’, was painted in 2008. The Art Committee for Vision Lampasas initiated the first series, and for this first mural, a ‘Boot Call’ was done.

More than 100 pairs of boots were laid out on the ground and photographed from above. That image became the basis for the mural, which was chosen to represent the western heritage and in honor of local boot makers.

The mural took three months and over 1500 volunteer hours to complete. It was painted on the side of a building a block from the courthouse, that was owned by a Lampasas businessman and historian, Jerry Goodson.

Each of the murals were done using a paint-by-number format, allowing for volunteers to do as much or as little as they wanted.

The second mural completed is ‘Generations’, and it is located at Western and 2nd Streets.

It was done in tribute to the generations of businesses since the 1800s that have occupied the building on which it was painted. The Texas Trading Company, Lampasas Bowling Alley, Western Auto, Love Brothers Motor Company, and John Wade – current owner of Lampasas Hardware.

The third mural was inspired by vintage postcards, using big letters to spell out Lampasas and historic landmarks from around the community painted inside the letters.

Downtown, on the eastside of the square in the breezeway of the Lampasas County Annex, a mural was created as a tribute to Berta Dean Briggs Stanukinors, a Lampasas citizen who is remembered for her tireless work to preserve Sulphur Creek.

The mural is called ‘Water is Life’ and includes the main riverbed in a map of Lampasas, as well as three of five reservoirs. A waterline that shows how high flood waters rose in the Mother’s Day flood of 1957.

At the end of this walkway, the City of Lampasas has installed a small pocket park, with sculptures and a tables that are ready for chess or checkers.

At 4th and Pecan, a fifth mural was created. Giant hand painted seed packets show the wildflowers that can be found in the area. Hidden fauna can be found among the flora.

Hunting and fishing have long been big business in Lampasas and the surrounding county. Vision Lampasas constructed a mural with both paint and 3-D elements at 4th and Live Oak. It’s truly remarkable what they did!

Most of the buildings used were offered by business owners who requested that Vision Lampasas use their buildings as a canvas. Such is the case with the mural that has been painted over the canopy at the Trading Post Antiques and Collectibles.

The scene picked for that location depicts a photographer taking a photo of different scenes showing the life and times of Lampasas. It has been named ‘Portraits of the Past’.

The eighth mural is dubbed ‘Patriot’. A contest was held by Walmart for the design. Twenty-one people turned in a design, and the selection chosen was painted on a building at 405 N. Key Ave, on the Miller Services building. Local veterans, first responders and their families participated in the painting as well.

The latest mural to be added to the collection is located on Key Avenue as well.

‘Small Town...Big Sound’ is a 13-foot by 70-foot painting that highlights the music and musicians of Lampasas through the decades. The mural features special 3-D designs, including a music bench with a keyboard back that continues into the mural.

Local musicians Jason Roberts, Donnie Price, Dan Walton, Wesley Holtsford, and Louie Broussard recorded a special song, ‘Fool That I Am’, written by Donnie Price’s father. The song was played at the dedication ceremony and is available for purchase with all proceeds going to Vision Lampasas.


Located in Campbell Park, the Hanna Springs Sculpture Garden was inspired by Lampasas artist Nancy Gray. The project was dedicated in July 2005. Steve Domigan, a winning landscape designer from Austin completed the garden’s Master Plan.

In September of 2005, three stone sculptures were carved on site. Those three pieces became the foundation for the garden. Under the direction of Gray, artists David Hickman, Carolann Haggard and TJ Mabrey crafted the inaugural sculptures.

Each year the Lampasas Association for the Arts (LAFTA) issues a call for sculpture, for varying pieces to be displayed in the garden for that year.

The park is open to all visitors, pets included. It is an immense park with quite a bit of distance between sculptures. Sightseers are able to get right up next to the sculpture. Lie in the lush grass and contemplate the statues or grab a quick nap under the tree canopy.

For more information, visit www.lafta.org.


Located just about 30 minutes north of Lampasas, Legacy Plaza is located in downtown Goldthwaite. The center includes the Texas Botanical Gardens as well as the Goldthwaite Welcome Center.

The Botanical Gardens were opened in October of 2014, and the Native American Interpretive Center will open in three years.

Legacy Plaza was founded by Jan Fischer, a retired science teacher, in 2004. The mission of the center is to offer visitors museum that is ‘green’ and presents an authentic living history experience, featuring the prehistoric period 20,000BC to 600AD.

Goldthwaite is located in Mills County. Records indicate that hunter-gatherers occupied that region for the longest continuous amount of time in North America.

There are still remnants visible today within archaeological sites located along the Colorado River.

The Texas Botanical Gardens offer a glimpse at the plant life used by native people who lived in this region over 10,000 years ago.

Visitors to the site will learn about methods of plant processing and baking used by those people who inhabited this area. An outdoor kitchen and Early Native American demonstration camp are also onsite, along with water exhibits and walking trails.

The center focuses on sustainability, and offers education on drought awareness, water conservation, and landscaping with native pants.

In the works now, is the Native American Interpretive Center. The center is planned to open in three years, and will focus on the lives of ancient Texans.

The project is being led by Robert Jackson and Michael McElhaney Architects, an architect firm known for their sustainable energy design. Working with the National Museum of the American Indian of the Smithsonian, the project is underway.

The goal of the exhibit will be to show the integrated lifestyle of Native Americans from the region, giving a hands-on look at how they lived.

There are plans educational workshops that will present a variety of topics relating to life in that period, including making baskets and tools.

For more information, visit www.legacyplaza.org.


Just down the road a bit in Llano, the Llano County Historical Museum offers a look at the way life was in Llano during the early days.

Items on display exhibit the craftsmanship and attention to detail that was prevalent in those days.

The museum features a large polo exhibit that honors Cecil Smith, an internationally known Llanoite who held a 10-year handicap for 25 years, which has never been matched in the history of polo.

The museum itself is located is located in what was originally the Bruhl’s Drugstore building. Inside, the original marble soda fountain is still on display.

In addition to the regular museum, the Llano County Historical Society hosts an annual 70-plus day juried exhibit annually featuring western artists.

The show is held at the Llano County Museum, and showcases the craftsmanship of local, national, and internationally acclaimed artists. The display includes the finest in original western art, custom trappings and gear.

For more information about the museum, visit www.llanomuseum.org. for more information about Western Trappings www.westerntrappings.com.

Dripping Springs Biggest Family-Friendly Event Returns April 22 – 24

Dripping Spring, Texas – Happy festival-goers will soon return to Dripping Springs for the community’s annual hometown event and springtime celebration. The 29th Annual Founders Day Festival will be held April 22 – 24th as thousands of people converge on Dripping Springs’ historic downtown district for a festive celebration of heritage and pioneer spirit.

The Annual Founders Day Festival honors the founding of Dripping Springs in 1850 by the Moss, Wallace, and Pound families and celebrates the tremendous spirit of volunteerism that still exists in the community today. Hosted by the City of Dripping Springs, Dripping Springs Lions Club, and the Founders Day Commission, which represents various community organizations, the proceeds from the weekend of live music, savory foods, and good old-fashioned fun directly benefit local non-profit organizations, churches, school and park programs, youth groups, and charities. 

With a theme of Destination Drippin’, the festival will kick off on Friday evening, April 22nd at 6:30 p.m., with a grand parade of 75 floats or entries. Bring a lawn chair and come early to find the perfect spot to view the impressive parade procession as it meanders through downtown Dripping Springs. 

The event will continue all weekend long with free live music and entertainment, street dances, the Mighty Thomas Carnival for kids, cook-off competitions, more than 150 arts and crafts vendors and business booths, tasty BBQ, and traditional fair food. In addition, many non-profit and charitable organizations will be represented. 
Organizers are requesting additional support from local businesses and individuals to cover basic costs of the festival. Sponsorships which include advertising and recognition opportunities are available for as little as $250. 

The admission to the festival has remained FREE throughout the years because of the many volunteers, sponsors, local businesses and organizations that help cover expenses such as festival security, sanitation, barricades, tents, trash pick-up and publicity for the event. 

Sponsorship forms, vendor applications, and parade applications can be found online at the Founders Day Festival home page at www.foundersdayfestival.com or at the Dripping Springs City Hall at 511 Mercer Street. For additional information, please call the Dripping Springs City Hall at 512-858-4725.

20th Annual Hill Country Run Motorcycle Rally, May 6-8

Growing weekend event set for Luckenbach

Many riders from across the State and beyond will enjoy the Hill Country in a whole different way - astride a motorcycle - at the 20th Annual Hill Country Run motorcycle rally, which is headed to Luckenbach on May 6 – 8, 2016. This event is sponsored by the Optimist Club of Fredericksburg.

Billed as "More than just a plain ole motorcycle rally," the Hill Country Run is three days filled with hearty food, live music, new friends and miles of riding through the towns and vistas of the scenic Texas Hill Country. Our rally is a laid-back, safe and friendly getaway with good music, nice scenery, and interesting people from all walks of life. It is a small town event that is getting big. The weekend gets an early start on Thursday, May 5, with a social and welcome at Hondo’s on Main. Guests are invited to an informal social gathering featuring music and food, with extra surprises for attending registrants. The fun begins at 6:00 PM. On Friday and Saturday, check-in and registration begins at 9:00 AM in Luckenbach, and participants can enjoy more live music all afternoon and evening.

On Friday, there will be a Hill Country Ride with an action-packed afternoon of Luckenbach good times and fun. And on Saturday evening, the popular Brew & BBQ dinner will be back. Tickets are sold for the Brew & BBQ in advance for $12 per person. Strictly speaking, the Hill Country Road Trip is not a competition, but more of a leisure ride in the beautiful Hill Country. The Optimist Club has planned a route for Saturday’s Hill Country Road Trip, with detailed directions. The distance is less than 100 miles, so the entire trip can easily be completed in several hours. Along the way, riders will pull into designated stops, where they can drop tickets in a box. At the end of the event, tickets will be drawn from each stop, with the winners receiving prizes. Saturday and Sunday start with a hearty Cowboy Breakfast, included in your $50 registration fee. Deadline for pre-registration is April 16. The hosts provide the ingredients and 30 individual cooking stations, so early-risers can fry up their favorite breakfast of eggs and bacon, laid on warm tortillas, garnished with cheese, onions, and green peppers, and washed down with fresh, hot coffee and orange juice.

During the day, hungry riders can satisfy their hunger with pulled pork sandwiches and cold drinks. Friday’s entertainment includes: 1:00 - 4:00 PM Afternoon Picker Circle with Hayden Whittington, and Almost Patsy Cline from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. On Saturday, more music from 1:00 – 5:00 PM with the Frank Gomez Band closing out the night from 6:00 – 10:00 PM. Booths offering motorcycle-related items and souvenirs will be on hand throughout the event. On Sunday, the event closes out with a final Cowboy Breakfast and Sunday morning worship service.
The Optimist Club encourages riders to arrive early and stay late in order to enjoy all the hospitality Luckenbach and Fredericksburg have to offer, including antique shopping, fine dining, Texas history, and ample sightseeing.

Proceeds from the Hill Country Run go to fund Fredericksburg Optimist Club projects, including the T-Ball Program, Scholarship Program, Oratorical Contest, and Essay Contest. The focus of the Optimist Club is "Bringing Out the Best in Kids." Optimist Clubs conduct positive service projects in their communities aimed at providing a helping hand to youth. With their upbeat attitude, Optimist Club members help empower young people to be the best that they can be. All of our rally’s net proceeds are returned to the youth in Fredericksburg, Texas. Every year Optimist International conducts over 65,000 service projects and serves well over six million young people.

For information, call 830-997-8515, or visit www.hillcountryrun.com, or be our friend on Facebook.