Bluebonnet Festival Brings In Green

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

Chappell Hill is a Washington County community of only a few hundred. However, it's the only town in the Lone Star State that the Texas Legislature has deemed worthy of holding the official Bluebonnet Festival of Texas.

The festival means big bucks for stores in Chappell Hill. The Texas Stitches boutique, is no exception.

"We probably stock up an extra 30-40 percent just for this festival," said Texas Stitches owner Kristy Schulz.

The folks at the festival plan on stocking up too; they're also bringing friends.

"They're coming from all over," said Schulz. "A lot of people come from the Bryan-College Station area, from Houston. Sometimes, we get people from Dallas, and sometimes, from San Antonio."

They come with one goal in mind.

"Shopping," said Kathy Rice of Houston.

"Yeah, I'd have to say shopping," said friend Rose McFarland.

"We have more people in town during our two festivals than we do the entire year," said Mary Louise Young.

Young owns the Brazos Star. "(It's) a little bit of everything. If you can't find it here, I don't think you can find it," said Young.

The store is open every weekend, but sales jump during Bluebonnet Festival.

"I'm sure they increase 100 percent, maybe even more," said Young.

While spitting isn't encouraged outside (so says a sign near the store), it's about the only place you can shop with your pet inside. If there's not a line, you can also learn a little history.

"This is an old saloon," said a Brazos Star employee.

"You're kidding," responded a shopper.

"Dates into the 1800s," said the employee.

It's that one-of-a-kind shopping experience the Bluebonnet Festival delivers year after year for shoppers willing to give up some green.

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