Bluebonnet fest set for next month

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Bluebonnets and other wildflowers bloom with life and color in beautiful Washington County and throughout the Lone Star State.

Celebrate the spring season April 14-15 in the quaint, historic town of Chappell Hill at the Official Bluebonnet Festival of Texas.

The 54th Festival showcases more than 250 juried exhibitors featuring home decor, gardening, artists, craftsmen, clothing, jewelry and much more. Plus, indulge in the delicious country-style food. A special Children’s Activity Corner provides pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, barrel train, and more.

Historic buildings in the community will be open for visitors. Tour the Chappell Hill Historical Museum where photos, documents and artifacts give a glimpse of the town from its beginnings in 1847 to the present day. Learn about Soule University for men, the Chappell Hill Female College, King Cotton, the Brazos River, the Polish community and the Civil War.

Festival hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the festival is free; parking is $5 and no street parking is allowed. Chappell Hill is located halfway between Houston and Austin on Highway 290. For more information, call 979-836-6033 or visit www.chappellhillmuseum.org.

While you are in the Washington County area, there’s much more to see and do, including Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site and the tiny village of Independence where Baylor University was founded. If you love to shop, Brenham and Round Top offer a wide selection of goodies, including antiques, unique clothing and accessories, fine art, and arts and crafts by Texas artisans.

For a visitor guide or more information about all of the events coming up in Washington County, call 888-BRENHAM (273-6426) or visit www.VisitBrenhamTexas.com.

Brenham/Washington County is located halfway between Houston and Austin on Highway 290 and is the home of Blue Bell ice cream, Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site – “where Texas became Texas,” more than 40 bed and breakfast inns, four wineries, Brenham’s historic Main Street District and more.

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