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Livestock, crafts and ice cream at the Burnet County Area Fair

Be part of the creativity and fun at the Burnet County Fair June 14-15. Staff Photo

Summer means county fairs and at the Burnet County Area Fair this coming weekend it means Christmas!

Along with the rodeo, the livestock, the carnival and crafts, The Burnet County AgriLIFE Office is holding a program called “Cooking for the Holidays.” Beginning at 2:30 p.m. on June 14. Linda Wells of the AgriLIFE office will demonstrate how to make traditional holiday dishes a bit healthier.

“I’m going to show people how to make their favorite holiday foods but with less sodium, fats and sugar,” Wells says. She’ll demonstrate how to substitute a few ingredients to produce healthier dishes without sacrificing flavor.

“It’s going to be a very interactive program,” she says. “There will be tastings. I’ll also have information on hand that people can take home and not just cook healthier holiday meals, but everyday meals.”

Another interactive food program you will most likely enjoy is the home-made ice cream crank-off. Scheduled for 2:30 p.m. June 15, the crank-off gives you an opportunity to not only submit your own ice cream, but to also join in the judging.

Recipes must be submitted no later than June 13 during the fair’s registration. Cranking begins on Saturday.

“We’ll have judges who will do a blind taste test and pick a winner,” says  Connie Roark, the Burnet County Area Fair chairwoman. “But the fairgoers can taste the entries as well, and then they can vote on their favorite: the People’s Choice Award.”

Even more to do…

The fair isn’t all about cooking and ice cream. At 1 p.m. June 14, the Highland Lakes Master Naturalists are giving a program on protecting the watershed.

“The program is about if you don’t take care of your property, what it can do to other people’s property,” Roark said. “The Master Naturalists do a great job with this. They have a great visual that, I think, kids and adults will really learn something from.”

On June 15, the Lake Area Rods and Classics Car Club will hold a car show 10 a.m.-4 p.m. And like the ice cream contest, attendees can vote for the People’s Choice Award.

There will be hands-on activities for children both days, including a workshop, gardening, a petting zoo and even a bounce house.

You can also check out the entries in arts and crafts, preserved foods, quilting, garden produce and other competitions.

If you enjoy the Burnet County Fair, you might want to mark your calendars for some other fairs set for this summer.

Aug. 15-17
The Blanco County Fair marks 83 years of celebrating the culture, history and people that make the area great. You’ll find a livestock-judging contest and a rodeo, as well as a queen contest and carnival.

All of that on top of the exhibits and other events.

For more, go to It will take place at the county fairgrounds, 619 U.S. 281 in Johnson City.

August 22-25
The granddaddy of county fairs —the Gillespie County Fair in Fredericksburg — celebrates 125 years this summer. On top of all the other activities, the Gillespie County Fair tosses in a weekend of horse racing.

Yeah, it’s pretty much a one-stop county fair extravaganza located at the fairgrounds south of Fredericksburg on Texas 16. For more, go to