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Kenedy Bluebonnet Days festival returning to its roots
by Joe Baker
Apr 09, 2012 | 1289 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With recent rains, Bluebonnets have begun jumping from the ground in patches across Karnes County - perhaps in anticipation of Kenedy’s annual Bluebonnet Days Festival set for May 10-11 this year.
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The Kenedy Chamber of Commerce Tourism and Visitor Center is busy getting ready for the 2012 Bluebonnet Days Festival, which is planned for Friday and Saturday, May 11-12.

The annual Kenedy Bluebonnet Days Festival celebrates the arrival of spring and the beautiful bluebonnets and other wildflowers that decorate the local area.

Local residents and visitors are welcomed to the annual event

Traditionally, the event begins with a Bluebonnet Days Tea at which the Miss Bluebonnet Days Queen and Court are selected by a panel of judges.

On Saturday, May 5, the George W. Dumont Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament will have its shotgun start at 10 a.m. at the Karnes County Country Club. Later that evening the Bluebonnet Days Coronation will begin at 6 p.m. At the Kenedy High School Auditorium. Following the coronation, there will be a Queen’s Party at the Ruhmann C. Franklin Auditorium at City Hall in Kenedy.

The Bluebonnet Days Cookoff will get underway with setup at noon on Friday, May 11 at Joe Gulley Park. Later that evening, at 7 p.m., the Margarita Contest will get underway.

On Saturday morning, May 12, at 7 a.m. the 5K Run will get underway and at 7:30 a.m. the Kenedy Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast will happen at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

The main celebration on Saturday, May 12, will begin with the traditional downtown parade that passes along Main Street in Kenedy. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. and typically lasts about an hour. Watch for the Miss Bluebonnet Days Queen and Court riding atop the Bluebonnet Days Float as well as numerous other floats, bands and other parade entries.

Following the parade, local folks and visitors will usually stream out to Joe Gulley Park for the all-day-long festival.

The Kenedy Bluebonnet Days Fun Fly Kite Flying event will take place Saturday afternoon at a time to be announced.

Arts crafts and food vendors will be set up from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ballet Folklorico will perform from 1 p.m. To 2 p.m.

The Cookoff starts at 8 a.m. and runs through 3:30 p.m. with the awards presentation happening at 4:30 p.m.

Games and rides will be available for visitors to enjoy from noon to 6 p.m.

DJ Matthew Garza will provide entertainment from noon to 6 p.m.

Visitors are welcome to bring their own ice chests this year to the 2012 Bluebonnet Days Festival.

For more information contact the Kenedy Chamber of Commerce at 830-583-3223 or visit kenedychamber.com.
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