Annual Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival begins Friday, April 13
By 04/05/2007 00:00:00
Ennis - Ennis is showcasing its beautiful bluebonnets throughout April, with a weekend festival full of family fun and events April 13-15.
Named the Official Bluebonnet Trail of Texas by the 1997 State Legislature, Ennis has staked its claim as the 'Bluebonnet City.'
The bluebonnets (Lupinus Texensis) began blooming the last week in March in Ennis and reach their peak on or about April 21, which is also San Jacinto Day, the day Texas won its independence from Mexico.
To highlight this breathtaking event, the Ennis Garden Club has planned 'The Bluebonnet Trails Festival' on April 13-15 which includes more than 100 art and craft exhibitions showcasing original art work, children's play area, food and drinks, wildflower seeds, bluebonnet souvenirs, railroad and heritage museum, live music including country and western and bluegrass music.
Topper the Magic Clown will also be providing entertainment during the festival.
Admission is free to all exhibits at Pierce Park, which is located at Ennis Avenue, Northwest Main Street and Southwest Main Street.
The festival's new hours for 2007 are noon-8 p.m. on Friday, April 13 and 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15.
The Ennis Chamber of Commerce is also hosting its first annual Bluebonnet BBQ Cookoff on Saturday, April 14 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Ennis.
Another very exciting addition to this year's festival is the introduction of John J. Dwyer, former longtime Bristol resident, who is a popular author, teacher and speaker.
His fourth book, the poignant and humorous new novel When the Bluebonnets Come, debuts at this year's Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival, April 13-15.
Of special interest to Texans and especially Ellis County residents, is the fact the book is set in the county and features numerous scenes in Ennis and other area locations, as well as the mythical Ellis County town of Cotton Patch.
He will be available for book signings throughout festival weekend.
'Ennis Bluebonnet Trails is one of the most beautiful destinations to include in your travel plans for the month of April,' said Sandy Anderson, chairman of the Bluebonnet Trails Festival.
'We are just south of Dallas/Ft. Worth and we have the very best trails for viewing wildflowers in the state.
'The Ennis Garden Club invites you to join us with a private tour or on your own viewing of our forty miles of trails in our beautiful countryside,'
Individuals can drive the 40 miles of mapped bluebonnet trails along winding country roads at no charge.
Maps can be picked up at the Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau during April and during the festival weekend, they will only be available at Pierce Park at the Ennis Garden Club souvenir tent.
The Ennis Garden Club oversees the preservation of the Bluebonnet Trails and works to educate the public about mowing and seed planting schedules that maintain the natural beauty of Texas' state flower.
The Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau is also sponsoring its ninth annual 'Bloomin' Bluebonnet' Photo Contest.
Snapshots need to be submitted by May 31 and will be reviewed by professional photographers to judge in the following three categories: Bluebonnets and Children/Families, Bluebonnets and Animals, Bluebonnets and Scenic Nature/Views.
Winning photography will be published at www.visiten nis.org.
'We are proud to highlight Texas' breathtaking natural beauty as the state's official Bluebonnet City,' said Steve Howerton, Ennis city manager.
'We welcome everyone to come visit, enjoy the festivities, stroll around our historic downtown and enjoy the abundant treasures that are Texas.'
The historic downtown district of Ennis is alive with Czech heritage, with numerous antique and collectible stores and boutiques showcasing European crystal, fine linens and more.
Visitors can stroll brick streets and enjoy cafes and tea rooms, even authentic Czech pastries, all within a short walk of the Bluebonnet festival.
The Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau can help plan tours, provide a customized itinerary and assist with dining reservations and overnight accommodations at no charge.
The Ennis CVB is open seven days a week in April, except Easter Sunday to serve the bluebonnet seekers.
For more information, contact the Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau toll free at (888) 366-4748 or metro at 972-878-4748.
The staff at the Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau encouraged visitors to call, email, or visit the website before driving long distances for the latest status of the bluebonnets.
Visit Ennis online at www.visitennis.org.