DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR
BURNET — When Roxanne Dunegan was growing, she and other kids looked forward to the annual Burnet County Fair.
“Entering the fair was a major, major thing for us,” she said. “We spent a lot of time getting ready and preparing our entries for the fair.”
And when the fair rolled around, participants looked to collect as many ribbons as possible, along with the associated bragging rights and, if fortunate, a few extra dollars. But it was the time, effort and work they poured into the projects that really left an impact on Dunegan, something she hopes to pass on to today’s youth.
“Kids have a lot going on today in their lives,” she said. “I know a lot of them are involved in sports, and that’s great, but the fair gives them an opportunity to compete using another side of their brain. It’s a competition for your creative side.”
The Burnet County Area Fair returns June 20-21 at the Burnet Community Center, 401 E. Jackson St. The event is 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. both days. Admission is free.
The fair offers a plethora of divisions in which to enter. In fact, you can definitely say there’s probably something for everybody, including metal works and photography along with some of the more traditional categories such as baked goods, plants and quilting.
Dunegan pointed out that in today’s world we often don’t get a chance to showcase our more creative side in a friendly, open arena. The fair allows, and encourages, that aspect.
“Plus, it’s a lot of fun,” she added.
The Burnet County Area Fair is open to contestants of all ages from Burnet, Blanco, Bell, Lampasas, San Saba, Travis and Williamson counties.
After about a 10-year hiatus, the event returned in 2010. Since it’s return, the Burnet County Area Fair has experienced quite a resurgence. Organizers first held the event at the Burnet County Rodeo and Fairgrounds, but Dunegan said it has outgrown the space. So this year, the fair committee moved it to the Burnet Community Center, which allows more room for the entries, the programs, the fun and the vendors.
Oh yeah, this is a very interactive fair. So while you can check out all the entries, you also should expect to learn a few things and have a good time.
“Friday, we’ll have a lot of activities throughout the day for kids including a bouncy house and other things,” Dunegan said.
But don’t discount the day if you’re not a child because you just need to be a kid at heart to enjoy it. There also will be special events June 20 including a monarch butterfly presentation at 1 p.m. and a “Bees, Bees, Bees” program at 2 p.m.
Linda Wells, the Burnet County AgriLIFE Extenstion Family and Consumer Science agent, will present a cooking demonstration called “Red, White and Blue” at 4 p.m.
This falls within the 2014 fair’s theme of “Patriotism.” There will be a big emphasis on national pride with a celebration of military members, veterans and first responders.
On June 21, the fun starts up again at 10 a.m. The Lake Area Rods and Classic Car Club is hosting a car show at the community center, and folks can cast their votes for the “People’s Choice Award.” The Hill Country Flyer train is making a special run to help celebrate the fair and arrives at 11 a.m.
“There will be so much going on,” Dunegan said. “The 4-H club will be holding a barbecue, and the Burnet Gunfighters are holding a show.”
Other activities include a bee display, a petting zoo, a bounce house, a container gardening display, a rainwater collection display, music and children’s canoeing.
While all this is going on, you can still check out all the entries and see who won ribbons June 21.
“It’s a busy couple of days, but it’s a fun couple of days,” Dunegan said.
Go to www.burnetcountyfair.com for a full schedule, contestant entry information and to learn how you can get involved.