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Burnet Octoberfest a Cornucopia of Fall Fun

Gloria and Ed Wilburn admire a painting of their home by Betty Bielser during a past Burnet Art Festival. This year’s event is being combined with the plein air competition and Fort Croghan Day into the Burnet Octoberfest, which is Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 12-14. Photo by Debbie Slangal

BURNET — When city of Burnet officials decided to take a break from the Bluegrass Festival in September, they didn’t necessarily want to stop holding a festival in the fall.

As they looked around, they saw the Burnet Association of Merchants’ plein air art competition the same weekend of Fort Croghan Day at the pioneer museum.

“So we thought, ‘Why don’t we help build off that?’” City Manager David Vaughn said. “Hopefully, it helps the downtown businesses. We have great artists coming in.”

Thus, the first Burnet Octoberfest was born, combining three events into one.

It’s Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 12-14.

The city of Burnet and the Burnet Economic Development Corp. have partnered to provide the entertainment.

Country music singer Rick Trevino will headline the free concerts on that Saturday when he takes the stage at 7 p.m. on the carnival grounds on the corner of East League and Vanderveer streets.

“I think he’s awesome,” Vaughn said. “I love Rick Trevino. I was excited we were able to get him out here.”

The live music begins with Big Anton and the Alley Cats at 11 a.m. followed by the Sophia Johnson Band at 1 p.m., Rian Castillo at 3 p.m., and the Hired Guns at 5 p.m.

There is no charge to attend the concerts, Vaughn said.

But that’s just one of many activities.

Octoberfest begins Thursday, Oct. 12, with a Meet and Greet Artist Brunch from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at Fort Croghan, 703 Buchanan Drive. It’s open to the public. Admission is $10.

An art gallery is open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at the Burnet Community Center, 401 E. Jackson St.

Saturday’s activities kick off with the Burnet High School Project Graduation 5K Color Run at 8 a.m. on the city’s historic square.

At 9 a.m. is a classic car show and artist demonstrations on the square as well as children’s activities, including face painting, games, and rock climbing on the carnival grounds.

There will also be wine tastings, a beer garden, food and artisan vendors, and a farmers market.

Also at 9 a.m. Fort Croghan Day at the museum features live re-enactments of pioneer times, and visitors can cook, make baskets, churn butter, eat warm biscuits from wood-burning stoves, grind cornmeal, create rope, make a corn husk doll, or stitch a quilt.

Back at the community center is the live quick draw paint competition, part of the plein air event, at 10 a.m.

Vendors can set up booths along Jackson Street close to the festival grounds for a $50 fee for a 10-foot-by-20-foot space. The deadline to register for a booth is Oct. 9 and can be done at the Burnet Chamber of Commerce, 101 N. Pierce St., or by calling (512) 756-4297.

For more about the plein air competition and art exhibits, go to

For more about Fort Croghan Day, call (512) 756-8281 or go to

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