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Burnet County Area Fair a chance to show and learn

The Burnet County Area Fair is June 19-20 at the Burnet Community Center, 401 E. Jackson St. in Burnet.

BURNET — While the Burnet County Area Fair gives folks a place to show off their vegetables, quilts and crafts, it’s also a chance to learn something new and have a good time.

“We have several things going on where people can learn from” said Polly Krenek, the chair of the fair committee. “So, yes, people are going to show different things, but you also have a chance to learn something new.”

The Burnet County Area Fair, which accepts entries from residents in Burnet County and each of the counties bordering it, is open June 19-20 with entries and registration June 17-18. All the activities take place at the Burnet Community Center, 401 E. Jackson St.

Krenek said the fair is offering an early-bird registration 5:30-8:30 p.m. June 17 for exhibitors. The committee realized that regular registration (8 a.m.-noon June 18) might not fit into everybody’s schedule, especially for people who work during the days or for youth who might rely on their parents to take them to the community center.

“So we’re offering this early registration for those who might not be able to make the regular time,” she said.

The fair covers a plethora of divisions and even multiple classifications within those categories. There are youth and adult categories within the various divisions.

And there are a lot of divisions for people to enter.

“I think that’s one of the things we really want people to know is you have so many divisions you can enter in,” Krenek said. “We have the ‘traditional’ things such as vegetables, canning and jams, but people can also enter in photography, which is becoming one of the most popular divisions.

“There’s a lot to pick from,” she added. “It’s like any county fair, but we just don’t have the livestock.”

While sharing what you grew, created or made is a big part of the Burnet County Area Fair, it’s also a place to learn new things — whether it’s a little local history or how to make cheese.

On June 19, the Burnet County Historical Commission is sharing “Interesting Facts and Stories about Burnet County” from 10 a.m-noon. Then, Cheryl Luker will teach people how to make cheese at 1:15 p.m.

Linda Wells, the Burnet County AgriLIFE Family and Consumer Science agent, takes center stage at 4 p.m. with her cooking demonstration, “Texas Traditions.” And with anything Wells presents, people are in for a fun and informative time.

The show continues June 20 with a list of activities, including more than 20 vendors, live music, inflatable bounce houses and more for the kids as well as a climbing wall.

The Fort Hood Honor Guard helps get the official opening ceremonies going at 10 a.m.

The Lake Area Rods and Classic Car Club is even holding a car show 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. with a “People’s Choice Award.”

“While there will be a lot to look at, there will also be a lot of things to do,” Krenek said.

Go to for a complete list of entry requirements and a schedule of events.

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