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April 19 11:03 AM

Breathtaking Bluebonnets Abound for the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival April 20-21

Ennis, TX – Ennis is turning blue this April. Ennis Bluebonnet Trails, sponsored by Ennis Garden Club, span the entire month of April, and the Ennis Garden Club is celebrating 62 years of the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails this spring. Ennis is the Official Bluebonnet Trail of Texas and is designated the Official Bluebonnet City of Texas. The resolution (HCR 116) was signed by Governor George W. Bush on June 18. 1997.

The bluebonnets begin blooming approximately the last week in March in Ennis and sometimes earlier, and typically reach their peak around the third week of April in the Ennis area. Estimated peak for the 2013 season in Ennis will be the third week of April, just in time for the festival weekend, and it is a fantastic season for Ennis! To highlight this breathtaking event, the Ennis Garden Club has planned the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival on April 20-21, 2013 which includes art and craft exhibitions showcasing original art work, original crafts, children’s activity area, food and drinks, antique car show on Saturday only, bluebonnet souvenirs, railroad and heritage museum, and live entertainment on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free to all ex hibits at Pierce Park, which is located at W. Ennis Avenue, Northwest Main Street and Southwest Main Street.

Ennis Garden Club also has its headquarter tent open on Friday, April 19 in downtown Ennis, and the Members of the club distribute free trail maps and sell bluebonnet souvenirs to visitors.

Individuals can drive the forty miles of mapped bluebonnet trails along winding country roads at no charge. Trail maps can be picked up all month at the Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau during April and can be downloaded from the visitors’ bureau website at www.visitennis.org. However, during the festival weekend and the Friday before the festival, the maps will only be available at Pierce Park at the Ennis Garden Club souvenir tent.

The Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau is sponsoring its 15 th annual “Bloomin’ Bluebonnet” Photo Contest. Snapshots need to be submitted by May 31, 2013 and will be judged in the following three categories: Bluebonnets and Children/Families, Bluebonnets and Animals, Bluebonnets and Scenic Nature/Views. Winning photography will be published at www.visitennis.org.

The Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau can help plan tours, provide a customized itinerary and assist with dining reservations & overnight accommodations at no charge. Ennis, also known for Lake Bardwell, the Ennis Public Theatre that has the play “Nunsense” by Dan Goggin starting April 11, its Ennis Railroad and Cultural Heritage Museum, the nearby 6 screen Galaxy Drive in Theatre, the annual National Polka on Memorial Day weekend, is a quick trip south of Dallas, just 25 minutes on Interstate 45.

Visitors can stop by the Convention and Visitors Bureau office, 002 East Ennis Avenue, for bro chures and maps of the trails. The Ennis CVB is open 7 days a week in April only to serve the bluebonnet seekers. For more information, contact the Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau at (972) 878-4748 or join the Ennis CVB on facebook and twitter.

The staff at the Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau encourages visitors to call, email, or visit the website before driving long distances for the latest status of the bluebonnets. Daily status updates for the best viewing times are available online at www.visitennis.org once the season begins.

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