Bakers, artists, even Lego crafters: It’s Burnet County Fair time

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BURNET — The thing about a county fair is you can’t wait until the last minute to get your entry ready. So if you’re even thinking about entering something in the 2014 Burnet County Area Fair, it’s time to start planning.

The Burnet County Area Fair is June 20-21 at the Burnet Community Center, 401 E. Jackson in Burnet. This is a change venue and dates for the event, which has experienced quite of bit of interest and growth since supporters resurrected the tradition in 2010.

The fair traces its roots to 1903, when it was first held in Bertram. The three-day event attracted more than 6,000 people by 1928. Eventually, the fair moved to Burnet, the county seat.

In 1990, the fair came to an end as more energy was focused on the annual rodeo. But in 2010, the Highland Lakes Master Gardener Association and the Burnet County AgriLIFE Extension Service rekindled the fair.

Officials said interest and participation in the Burnet County Area Fair has grown each year since its return, prompting the move to a new location and date.

The Burnet County Area Fair offers 14 divisions from arts and crafts to woodworking and a mess of things in between. Even within a group, you might find several categories, For instance, in the arts and crafts division, you can compete or show in 20 different categories, including basket, ceramic crafts, LEGO crafts (yeah, you read that correctly), recycled/repurposed crafts and even models/miniatures crafts.

Oh, and let’s not get started on the baked goods because the possibilities are just so sweet (there are nine categories and a tasty list of subcategories). Even if you’re not the baking type, you can enter in the patriotic-decorated cookie jar contest.

For a complete list of divisions and categories, check out the Burnet County Fair website at www.burnetcountyfair.com, where you’ll also find all the rules and entry information.

While the name bears “Burnet County” in it, the event is open to folks living in Burnet, Bell, Blanco, Llano, Lampasas, San Saba, Travis and Williamson counties as well. So, tell your friends.

This year, the Burnet County Area Fair’s theme is “Honoring Veterans and First Responders.”

Along with the displays and competitions, you’ll find a bunch of things to do, including a “Special Day” on June 20 for kids “up to the age of 108” with surprises planned throughout the day.

Throughout the show, there will be cooking demonstrations, special learning opportunities, vendors, a gunfight or two and plenty of food.

But don’t wait until the last minute to come up with an entry, that’s why we’re giving you a heads up now. Go to the website, check out the divisions and categories and figure out which one (or ones) you want to enter.

editor@thepicayune.com