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Out and About

See who’s been out and about at the many events in The Highland Lakes in this monthly feature in The Picayune Magazine. To view all the photos from each event, click on one of the events below. Then, click on each picture for names. Hope to see YOU out and about soon.


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The Howdy-Roo chili and barbecue cook-offs simmered and smoked May 5-6 at Lakeside Pavilion in Marble Falls. Money raised from the Chili Appreciation Society International event went to the Marble Falls Area Volunteer Fire Department, Boy Scout Troop 284, and the Marble Falls High School band boosters. Photos by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

Inks Lake State Park celebrated the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's 100th birthday with fun-for-all programs modified for different accessibility needs on May 6. Photos by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

Rodeo fans buckled up for the Burnet County Rodeo on May 12-13 in Burnet. The annual Burnet County Rodeo Association event is sanctioned by the Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association and United Professional Rodeo Association and featured bull riding, barrel racing, calf roping, steer wrestling, and live concerts both nights. Photos by Grace Gates/Luedecke Photography

Several Highland Lakes social spots rang in 2023 on New Year's Eve, including Veterans of Foreign Wars posts in Burnet and Marble Falls, Wakepoint LBJ in Kingsland, and Cadillac Dance Hall in Marble Falls. Photos by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

The city of Burnet held its annual Christmas on the Square on Dec. 10 with a parade, snow play area, live entertainment, vendors, and more. People from across the Highland Lakes turned out for holiday cheer and plenty of kids mailed off their letters to Santa. Photos by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

The U.S. Marine Corps celebrated its 247th birthday on Nov. 10, and the Kingsland Masonic Lodge held a party in its honor at Pardners Night Club in Buchanan Dam. Marine Birthday (247th) Nov. 10th at Pardners TX-29, Buchanan Dam hosted by the Kingsland Masonic Lodge. Bill Cargill headed up the event. It included time-honored USMC birthday traditions and cake.

Howdy, from the Hoe Down on Nov. 17 at Horseshoe Bay Resort, where folks turned out to help the HARTH Foundation raise money for its mission of providing healing equine-assisted therapy to military veterans and their families. The evening featured dinner and dancing to live music by John Arthur Martinez. Go to for more on the foundation. Photos by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

The Marble Falls and Burnet high school football teams battled for Burnet County bragging rights on Oct. 14 with the Bulldogs prevailing 28-14. It was the first time since 2007 that the rivalry game was played during district. Photos by Jacob Atkinson/Luedecke Photography

Harmony School of Creative Arts in Marble Falls celebrated its 20th anniversary on Oct. 8 with "An Evening of Jazz" gala at Quail Point Lodge in Horseshoe Bay. The 1920s-themed night included a toast to founding Director Barbara Bend, croquet, cocktails, dinner, and dancing. Photos by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

Burnet Young Life teens went head to head in a color war Sept. 12. The nonprofit Christian youth group reaches out to middle school, high school, and college students in all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The color war takes place the Monday after Labor Day each year.

Shoppers turned out for Market Day on Main Street in Marble Falls on Sept. 17. The Highland Lakes Kiwanis Club event featured more than 100 vendors, live music, and food. Money raised through Market Day supports local youth programs. A Christmas market is set for Dec. 3. Photos by Martelle Luedeck/Luedecke Photography

Several area students enjoyed the final performance of the Hill Country Community Theatre production of "Destry Rides Again" on Aug. 7.

The 2022 Burnet High School fall athletes were introduced to a packed gym of fans, friends, and family during Meet the Bulldogs on Aug. 19. Fall sports include football, volleyball, cross country, and tennis.

Horsemanship was on display during the the first event in the Iron Horse Obstacle Series at the Burnet County Fairgrounds in Burnet. Three other series events are scheduled in Burnet — Sept. 3, Nov. 12, and Dec. 3. Another event is Oct. 8 in Hamilton. The competition consists of several obstacles that riders and their horses must work their way through and includes prizes.

While most of America celebrates the Fourth of July for a day, the party in Kingsland lasts more than a week. AquaBoom activities include cornhole tournaments, land and water parades, car shows, fireworks, street dances, beauty pageants, and much more. Photos by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

It’s always hot at the Marble Falls Rodeo, held each year on the third weekend of July, but record high temperatures didn’t stop the fans from filling the stands July 15-16. Friday night was First Responders Night, when firefighters, law enforcement, dispatchers, and emergency medical service workers and volunteers are honored. Photos by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

The Highland Lakes Equality Center held its second annual Equality Fest on June 18 in Johnson Park in Marble Falls to celebrate Pride Month. The free event included live music, food, and vendors.

Highland Lakes VFW Post No. 6974 of Burnet celebrated summer with bounce houses, watergun games, a cake walk, a bake sale, a silent auction, bingo, food, music, and more on June 4.

Johnson Park in Marble Falls filled up on June 10 for Selena tribute band Bidi Bidi Banda. Concerts are free every Friday night through August 5.

Now that hot weather is here, Wakepoint LBJ has moved into high season. On the weekend of May 13-15, Wakepoint hosted both the Big Bass Shootout fishing tournament and eight-time world champion wakeboarder Harley Clifford. Anglers and fans flocked to both. Photos by Martelle Luedecke

The 2022 Burnet County Rodeo kicked off with a full house May 13 and continued with another big crowd May 14 at the county fairgrounds in Burnet. The rodeo is sanctioned by the Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association and the United Professional Rodeo Association and is one of the most popular events in the county each year. Photos by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

The crowds were bigger than ever at this year’s Burnet Bluebonnet Festival, which was April 8-10. Most of the action happened around the courthouse square, where two stages hosted live music, including a Saturday night concert by Reckless Kelly. Parades, vendors, carnival rides, and food trucks were just some of the activities that drew people out on a beautiful spring day. Photos by Martelle Luedecke

Residents and visitors came out in droves to see the airplanes, re-enactors, a car show, and more at the annual Bluebonnet Airshow at Kate Craddock Field in Burnet on March 19. More than 5,700 people attended the event on a beautiful Highland Lakes day. Photos by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

St. Frederick’s Baptist Church in Marble Falls raised money at its annual Black History Month celebration Feb. 26 for a Black History Museum the congregation wants to build and make available year-round. Staff photos by Brigid Cooley

Along with community awards, the Marble Falls chamber changed its name to the Marble Falls/Highland Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce at its annual banquet Feb. 17 at Horseshoe Bay Resort. The name reflects the chamber’s reach beyond Marble Falls into the entire Highland Lakes. Staff photos by Alecia Ormsby

The Burnet Chamber of Commerce honored citizen, senior, and youth of the year at its annual banquet Feb. 12 at the Burnet Community Center. Youth of the Year Madelynne Jones received a $1,500 Bluebonnet Festival college scholarship. Here’s who was out and about at the banquet. Photos by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

On Jan. 4, about 750 rainbow trout were set free in Hamilton Creek in Burnet for winter fishing by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Anglers are encouraged to fish them out before the waters warm up too much for them to survive. Staff photo by Brigid Cooley

Participants in the 2022 Burnet County Livestock Show brought their various animals to the county fairgrounds in Burnet on Jan. 6-8 for judging and auction. Hosted by the Burnet County FFA and 4-H Livestock Show Association, the event kicked off the show season for local FFA and 4-H members. Photos by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

Burnet held its annual Christmas celebration on Dec. 11 with a parade, vendors, live music, and two snow play areas. Spirits were bright as photographers Grace Gates and Jacob Atkinson of Luedecke Photography made their way around the square.

Marble Falls merchants were joined by a slew of vendors who took over Main Street in Marble Falls on Dec. 4 for holiday shopping. Photos by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

Hill Country Motorheads motorcycle museum, 2001 Texas 29 West in Burnet, hosted the ninth annual Texas M/C Revival for the first time Nov. 6. Usually held in Georgetown, the statewide motorcycle event moved to Burnet when its former host business was sold. The Highland Lakes welcomed the latest major event to town with a lot of revved engines and a visit from Evel Knievel stuntman Gary Davis.

Marble Falls ushered in the holidays Nov. 20 with its annual Christmas Light-Up Parade. The Main Street parade ended at Walkway of Lights, which opened Nov. 19. The lights dispay and an ice rink will be open through the holiday season. Staff photos by Brigid Cooley.

On Oct. 16, a replica of the DeLorean Time Machine from the “Back to the Future” movie franchise made an appearance from the 1980s outside of Ms. Lollipop Parties, Gifts & Fun, 208 Main St. in Marble Falls. Ms. Lollipop planned the event, in which other Main Street merchants joined to make a day-long and evening celebration of the popular movies. Staff photos by Brigid Cooley

National Night Out, which was Oct. 5 this year, promotes building strong partnerships between first responders and the community. In Granite Shoals, first responders opened the doors to their fire trucks, ambulances, boats, and police vehicles for kids to climb aboard and explore. They also served free hot dogs, chips, and snow cones prepared by the city’s firefighters and police officers. Staff photos by Jennifer Fierro

The Burnet Bulldogs football team hosted the Marble Falls Mustangs on Sept. 3, marking the 105th time the county rivals have gone head to head. No matter who wins (this year, it was Marble Falls, 41-9), fans always have a great time. It was also First Responders Night, so our photographer decided to put as many as she could in front of the camera. Thanks to Marci Russell of the Burnet Police Department for her help with the spellings of names and identifications. They might not all be in the right order, but that’s not Marci or the photographer’s fault! Photos by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke photography

Drag boat racing fans filled Johnson Park in Marble Falls for Show and Shine on Aug. 6. The meet-and-greet with drivers and crews kicked off the return of LakeFest on Lake Marble Falls after a three-year absence. Among all the excitement, one Marble Falls-based racer asked his girlfriend to marry him. Photos by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

The Highland Lakes Equality Center celebrated Pride Month with a festival June 26 at Johnson Park in Marble Falls. The event featured activities, live music, arts-and-crafts vendors, food, and a large crowd of participants. Staff photos by Brigid Cooley

The first Marble Falls Rodeo in two years doubled its receipts over 2019 on July 16, its first of two nights at Charley Taylor Arena. Numbers were still being crunched for July 17 when this issue went to press, but attendance was just as high if not higher. Here are a few locals who showed up for the action. Photos by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

Slide Into Marble Falls returned June 19-20, taking up two downhill blocks of downtown with a giant waterslide. The temperature both days maxed out at 95 degrees as intrepid sliders took to their tubes and kept it cool zipping along the incline of Third Street at Avenue J and Main Street. Staff photos by Jennifer Greenwell

Visitors to the Burnet County Area Fair on June 4-5 found plenty to admire, including buttons, quilts, eggs, vegetables, fruits, baked goods, canned goods, and arts and crafts. The fair was held at the AgriLife Extension building in Burnet for the first time, giving up its usual location at the Burnet Community Center to make way for COVID-19 vaccinations. The fair also featured a 42 domino tournament and motorcycle show. Photos by Adam Kennedy

The May 8 festival was a first for downtown Bertram, where wineries offered tastings, artists put their works on display, and craft vendors sold their wares. Photos by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

Johnson Park in Marble Falls came alive with music, vendors, a carnival, and smiling faces when MayFest returned May 5-8. Photos by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

Perfect weather conditions brought out the crowds at the Burnet Bluebonnet Festival on April 9-11. The courthouse square bustled with activity as visitors took in blocks and blocks of vendors, food trucks, live music, parades, carnival rides, and other activities. Photos by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

As spring arrived, Highland Lakes residents were out and about at Falls Creek Skatepark and Johnson Park in Marble Falls, Hidden Falls Golf Course in Meadowlakes, and the Bluebonnet Air Show and Spider Mountain Bike Park anniversary celebration in Burnet.

About thirty people plunged into the frigid waters of Lake Marble Falls on February 19, the end of one of the coldest weeks on record in Texas. Todd Foxx and Kurt Cotter of Marble Falls raised $22,000 for the Highland Lakes Crisis Network, which has been working overtime to help those left without water, heat, or food after five-plus inches of snow fell during one of several storms earlier in the week. More than 100 people turned out to watch the jump.

The Burnet County Livestock Show on January 7-9 at the Burnet County Fairgrounds raised almost $500,000 in scholarship money for participating students — a record haul. Photos by Grace Gates/Luedecke Photography

Livestock projects by Llano County 4-H and FFA youths drew a crowd to the John L. Kuykendall Event Center on January 6-9 for the Llano County Junior Livestock Show. Photos by Grace Gates/Luedecke Photography

The Burnet High School girls varsity basketball team started its season 10-0. On Dec. 12, the Lady Dawgs beat Lago Vista 62-48. Photos by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

The city of Burnet shipped in snow for Christmas on the Square on Dec. 12, a day of snowball fights, sledding, parades, and holiday cheer. Photos by Grace Gates/Luedecke Photography

Christmas arrived with Santa in Marble Falls on November 20 at the annual light-up parade along Main Street and the opening of Walkway of Lights at Lakeside Park. This marks the 30th year that the lights display has brightened the park for the holidays. More than 2 million lights now sparkle off of Lake Marble Falls. Staff Photos by Daniel Clifton

More than 30 vendors set up for the first farmers market at Granite Shoals’ Quarry Park on September 26, selling canned goods, quilts, jewelry, and everyday items made from wood, metal, and more. The November dates for the market are November 14 and 28. Quarry Park is located at 2221 N. Phillips Ranch Road. Staff photos by Jennifer Fierro

Marble Falls claimed victory over Lake Travis amidst the fervor of homecoming at Mustang Stadium on October 9. Photos by Martelle Luedecke

Music lovers at The Ragtime Oriole, 202 Main Street in Marble Falls, enjoyed folk, bluegrass, and Dixieland jazz on September 8.

Veteran Lori Greco organized the For God and Country American Patriotic Rally in Burnet on Friday, September 11, the 19th anniversary of terrorist attacks against the United States. The rally was held to show support for first responders and remember those killed in the 2001 attacks. Photos by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

Burnet High School volleyball fans observed COVID-19 restrictions as the Lady Dawgs hosted Fredericksburg and Blanco high schools on August 11 at The Doghouse. Photos by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

Fans flocked to the Burnet High School Bulldogs football scrimmage against Lake Belton on August 20 at Bulldog Field. Visit for more on the 2020 high school football season. Photos by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

The car show must go on, and it did at Hamilton Creek Park in Burnet on June 27. Master hot rod and boat restorer Rick Hartley’s children and grandchildren drove five of his masterpieces from Kingsland to the Burnet show.

Masks and social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19 did not dampen spirits at the AquaBoom boat parade on Lake LBJ in Kingsland on July 3. Some did drop their masks for photos but quickly returned to celebrating the holiday safely. Staff photos by Jennifer Fierro

Social distancing shoppers visited Old Oak Square on Main Street during the Marble Falls Open Air Market, now a weekly event held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays through August 29.

Boogie at the Bay bounced back June 17 at Quail Point in Horseshoe Bay to the tunes of 3 Chord Rodeo. The series continued through July 1. Staff photos by Jennifer Fierro

The Highland Lakes community has responded to the coronavirus pandemic, with many residents helping family, friends, and neighbors during these difficult times. Here are some of the people helping us all get through this together.

First United Methodist Church of Marble Falls' Mission Outreach cooked and delivered meals meals to those in need

Highland Lakes United Methodist Church of Buchanan Dam hosted Lambda Nu’s annual Afternoon Tea at the Casino on March 5. Money raised supports St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as well as local scholarships and charities. Staff photos by Alex Copeland

The Llano Earth Art Fest stacked up the visitors and rocks March 13-16 in Grenwelge Park in Llano. Staff photos by Alex Copeland