From lavender fests to rodeos, this weekend has it all
Your challenge this weekend is to figure out how to make both the Blanco Lavender Festival and the Llano Rodeo. And if you really want to go all out, you can squeeze in the Lampasas Rodeo as well. All three are scheduled this weekend, so get your pencil and paper out (or your electronic calendar) and start taking notes.
BLANCO LAVENDER FESTIVAL
Festivities are centered on the Old Blanco County Courthouse, which includes an arts and crafts show and plenty of food and music.
To get a real feel for the town’s main industry, take a tour of one or more of the 10 lavender farms. You can pick your own and learn about how the alkaline limestone soils around the area are perfect for growing this magical herb.
For more, call the Blanco Chamber of Commerce at (830) 833-5101 or go to www.blancolavenderfest.com.
The first in a string of local rodeos begins this weekend in Llano.
The 78th annual Llano Open/Pro Rodeo rocks the Llano Event Center, 2200 RR 152, on June 7-8. The event starts at 7 p.m. each day. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for kids 8 and younger.
Don’t forget about the Llano Rodeo Parade on June 8 at 10 a.m. The parade will be downtown followed by a barbecue on the square. For more information, call (325) 247-5354.
In Lampasas, the Riata Roundup features team roping, live music, pony rides, the crowning of a queen, stick-horse races and a rodeo both nights, June 7-8. A dance follows at Lometa Regional Park. To reach the park, go to FM 581 and U.S. 183, then south one mile on 183. For more, call the Lampasas Chamber of Commerce at (512) 556-5172 or toll free at (866) 556-5172.
More summer rodeo action
If you miss the rodeos in Llano and Lampasas, or just can’t get enough root in’, tootin’ cowboys, check out this list of local rodeo action coming your way this summer!
Burnet Rodeo at the Burnet County Fairgrounds and Rodeo Arena on Houston Clinton Drive, just off U.S. 281. Sponsored by the Burnet County Fair and Rodeo Association. For more, call the Burnet Chamber of Commerce at (512) 756-4297.
MARBLE FALLS RODEO
The Marble Falls Rodeo Association’s annual Open Rodeo takes place at the Charley Taylor Rodeo Arena on U.S. 281 about five miles south of Lake Marble Falls, between 281 and Texas 71. For more, visit www.marblefallsrodeo.org or call (512) 755-5773.
JOHNSON CITY RODEO
Blanco County Fair and Rodeo at the Blanco County Fairgrounds along U.S. 281, just south of the Pedernales River. It’s more than a rodeo — it’s a celebration of the state’s rural heritage. The three-day event includes a livestock show, a carnival along with its rodeo. And this year, the rodeo and fair are celebrating 83 years of fun and entertainment. For more, call the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce at (830) 868-7684 or visit www.bcfra.org.