Spring in Historic Llano on the Llano River

Spring is a great time to visit the picturesque community of Llano! If conditions are right, the hills will be covered in spectacular wildflowers. This year, fall and winter rains have been plentiful and our beloved bluebonnet seedlings are abundant. Peak season varies depending on the weather, but usually late March and early April are best. There are several scenic drives, and locals usually know the best roads to follow. Last year was amazing, and many locations offered awe inspiring beauty. There is a Texas Wildflower Report facebook page that is updated frequently; photos and best scenic drives are posted for the most up to date information.

Rockstack

Rockstack from previous year

Besides wildflower viewing, there are lots of fun and interesting things to do in the area. A very popular festival will soon be held in Llano, the Llano Earth Art Fest, which is March 10-13. Also known as the home of the Rock Stacking World Championship, this festival is only in it’s 3rd year and continues to grow. There are various competitions such as tallest, best rock balancer, best rock arch builder, and most artistic. Competitions are open to anyone 8 and older. People young and old gather by the beautiful Llano River right below the bridge and stack rocks. Many stacks are very impressive! This year, rock stacking enthusiasts and professionals from all over the United States and a few from other countries are registered. Artists, vendors, music, and other diversions such as fire dancing make for a fun family event, and if you camp, try theme camping. You can find out more information, as well as Rockstacking 101, at www.llanoearthartfest.org.

The first weekend in April always brings the Fiddle Fest, a popular and long standing fiddle contest for all ages. Contestants young and old participate for honors, and their skill is impressive. The Fiddle Fest contest is Saturday, April 1, at the historic LanTex theatre and the day ends with a Saturday night concert. Sunday morning features a Sunday service, cowboy breakfast, and more fiddle music. More info is available at www.Llanofiddlefest.com.

The third weekend in April means the Llano Crawfish Open, which includes food (crawfish, bar b q, jambalya), live music, golf tournament, 5K, motorcycle run, roping contest, and much more. Robinson City Park, on the banks of the Llano River, is home base. This event began in 1989 and has grown to be a major annual event that contributes to several local charities. Live music on Friday and Saturday night brings a large crowd – this year the headliner on Saturday night is Kyle Park. More info at www.llanocrawfishopen.com.

Enjoy a weekend diversion in a neat little historic town, and visit soon!

Sherrie Virdell