Georgetown to host thousands at statewide tennis tournament

The United States Tennis Association announced this week that Georgetown won the three-year bid to host the Texas Slam, one of the largest junior tennis tournaments in the country. Approximately 1,000 participants ages 11 to 18 compete in the annual tournament.

Georgetown submitted a proposal to host the 2020-22 Texas Slam tournament. A special selection committee was formed to review all the proposals. Because of the unique nature of the Texas Slam, the selection committee focused on the strength of the proposals as it relates to the commitment and involvement of the host community. The committee highlighted the more than 150 tennis courts in Georgetown, as well as the more than 3,500 hotel rooms in the area.

“The committee has worked hard over the past several weeks evaluating all of the proposals for the Slam bid,” Junior Tennis Council Chair Robert Rubel said. “After careful evaluation of all bids, the volunteer committee unanimously selected Georgetown as the future home of the tournament.”

The Texas Slam is expected to fill an average of 400 hotel rooms per night for seven nights and generate an economic impact of $1.8 million per year. Georgetown will host the annual tournament for three years starting in 2020.

“I’m looking forward to hosting the thousands of people who will visit and spend the night in Georgetown for the Texas Slam,” Mayor Dale Ross said. “Tourism, particularly sports tourism, is a big part of our local economy. The Texas Slam is a great way to showcase our world-class amenities – from our award-winning parks and trails to Southwestern University to the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas – these are what sets Georgetown apart from other cities.”

About USTA Texas

USTA Texas is one of the 17 sections of the United States Tennis Association, the governing body of tennis in America. USTA Texas is the third largest of the sections. USTA Texas is devoted to promoting and developing the growth of tennis in Texas.

Music on the Square Summer Concerts start June 14

The Music on the Square summer concerts start on Friday, June 14, on the Courthouse lawn. These free concerts start at 6:30 p.m. each Friday, with the exception of First Fridays, in June, July and August. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, grab dinner-to-go from a local restaurant, and enjoy an evening of great live music.

Here’s the lineup:

  • June 14: Georgetown Fire Department Pipes & Drums
  • June 21: Wilson String Band
  • June 28: Lexxi Garza
  • July 12: Mike Hamilton
  • July 19: Megatunes
  • July 26: Roland Waits and The Wayward Travelers
  • Aug. 9: Showmen Bluegrass
  • Aug. 16: Mike Elliot – Sincerely Elvis Show
  • Aug. 23: Porch Turtles
  • Aug. 30: Dueling Pianos

Concerts are sponsored by the Georgetown Convention and Visitors Bureau and The Williamson Museum.

For a complete schedule, go to the Georgetown Convention and Visitors Bureau website at VisitGeorgetown.com.

Parking, shuttle options for Red Poppy Festival

The City of Georgetown is offering a variety of options for visitors to get to the 20th annual Red Poppy Festival this weekend. The City’s signature event on the most beautiful town square in Texas kicks off Friday, April 26, at 6 p.m.

Several free public parking lots are available throughout downtown, as well as shuttle and ridesharing options.

“It looks like the weather is going to be perfect. We are expecting record-setting crowds throughout the weekend,” Tourism Manager Cari Miller said. “Folks need to plan to arrive early, be patient, and be prepared to be amongst thousands of people, especially on Saturday night.”

“Georgetown may be a small town, but this is going to be a big party,” Miller added. “No doubt about it, there’s going to be some traffic, but where else can you go see Pat Green for free?”

Event parking

The Williamson County parking garage at Rock and Fourth streets and the public parking lot on Austin Avenue between Fifth and Fourth streets (next to The Monument Cafe) will be open during the festival. Public parking lots on Martin Luther King Jr. Street at West Eighth and West Sixth streets are also available. There is no charge for parking.

Attendees are asked to be courteous when parking on neighborhood streets, and avoid blocking driveways or parking in fire lanes. Illegally parked vehicles will be ticketed.

Handicap parking is available at the parking lot at 10th and Main streets.

The City parking lot at Sixth and Main streets will be closed starting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 25.

Free shuttles on Saturday

Two free shuttles will run Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to midnight. The shuttle will pick up and drop off passengers at the First Baptist Church located at 1333 W. University Ave. and East View High School at 4490 E. University Ave. The drop-off location is at the corner of Austin Avenue and Ninth Street.

Uber/Lyft

There will also be a designated Uber/Lyft pick-up/drop-off point located 406 W. 8th St. near the Georgetown Public Library. Rides must be requested through the ridesharing apps.

Street closures

Austin Avenue closes Friday morning: Starting at 6 a.m. on Friday, April 26, Austin Avenue will be closed from Sixth to Ninth streets. Traffic will be detoured to Rock Street. (This is to allow the placement of the main festival stage.) Austin Avenue will be closed through Sunday at 11 p.m.

Other streets around the Courthouse Square will close at 6 a.m. on Friday, April 26, to allow for vendor set-up. Streets around the Square will remain closed through Sunday at 11 p.m. An expanded street closure area will be in effect on Saturday from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon) for the Red Poppy Parade. To see the parade route, go to redpoppyfestival.com/things-to-do/parade. Detailed street closure information can be found at redpoppyfestival.com/parking.

For more a complete schedule and more details, visit RedPoppyFestival.com.

Red Poppy Festival in downtown Georgetown on April 26-28

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the City’s signature event on the most beautiful town square in Texas at the Red Poppy Festival. The festival kicks off on Friday night and runs through Sunday with three days of music, entertainment, family fun, and features more than 120 arts and craft vendors.

Pat Green is the headliner Saturday night. Mason Lively will open for Green at 7:30 p.m. Longtime festival favorite Dysfunkshun Junkshun is back for the Friday night concert at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge for the concerts or other festival activities. Feel free to bring your own chair and cooler if you are coming for the day.

Other festival highlights include the Red Poppy Parade on Saturday at 10 a.m., and the Car Show on Saturday at 11 a.m. On Sunday, come see the One-in-the-Hole ball drop with 28,000 ping pong balls dropped on Austin Avenue at 2 p.m.

The Red Poppy Kid’s Fun Zone is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Fun Zone is free and includes an obstacle course, a huge slide, a bounce house, a basketball game and a toddler playground.

The Red Poppy Festival is on track to become a zero waste event. Food vendors are using compostable plates, dishes, drinking straws, napkins, cutlery, and cups. Look for recycling and composting eco-stations and help the festival to become zero waste. In 2018, attendees helped divert nearly 70 percent of waste generated at the event from the landfill.

Have a great poppy-themed recipe? Entries for the Red Poppy Taste Awards, a cooking competition featuring all things poppies may be submitted on April 24 between 10-11 a.m. Winners for both the sweet and savory categories will be announced on stage Saturday night. For more information, visit redpoppyfestival.com/things-to-do/red-poppy-taste-awards.

On Friday, April 26, at 6 p.m. the City will unveil a commemorative sculpture by Gail Allard, founder of Salado Glassworks, at the northwest corner of Seventh and Main streets. The sculpture will be a permanent fixture on the Square. The piece celebrates Georgetown’s designation as the Red Poppy Capital of Texas and the incredible benefits the festival has brought to the community during the past two decades.

For a full schedule and all the details, go to RedPoppyFestival.com.

Where are the poppies? For a map showing the locations of red poppies in Georgetown, stop by the Visitors Center at 103 W. Seventh St. (Or see an online map at redpoppyfestival.com/things-to-do/red-poppy-tour.)

For a complete schedule and more details, including information on parking and road closures, visit RedPoppyFestival.com.

Pat Green to headline 20th annual Red Poppy Festival

This year the City of Georgetown celebrates the 20th anniversary of Red Poppy Festival with special Saturday night headliner Texas Country music singer-songwriter Pat Green.

Green started his music career at 18 years old at Texas Tech University and went on to release seven studio albums. His biggest hit “Wave on Wave” reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

This signature festival on the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas runs April 26-28 with live music, entertainment, family fun, food, and more than 120 arts and craft vendors.

The Friday night concert features Dysfunction Junction. Other festival highlights include the Red Poppy Parade on Saturday at 10 a.m., and the Car Show on Saturday at 11 a.m.

The official 2019 Red Poppy Festival poster is on sale for $5 starting at 6 p.m. on April 5 at the Visitors Center at 103 W. Seventh St. The poster artist, Devon Clarkson, will be at the Visitors Center April 5 from 6-8 p.m. signing posters. The first 50 posters are free.

For all the details, go to RedPoppyFestival.com.

Vote for the Best of Georgetown, TX in September

Where is the best kid-friendly restaurant in Georgetown? Where is the best live entertainment? The best hotel or bed and breakfast? The best boutique?

Tell us your favorites during the month of September in the Best of Georgetown, TX contest.

This year’s contest will have two phases— a nominations phase and a voting phase. Nominations will be accepted from 9 a.m. on Sept. 1 until noon on Sept. 7. A business or organization must receive three nominations in an individual category to be on the ballot for the voting phase. Nominations will not be counted toward the final vote total.

The voting phase begins Sept. 10 at 9 a.m. and ends on Sept. 30 at 11:59 p.m.

To nominate businesses for the Best of Georgetown, TX contest, please visit Bestof.Georgetown.org.

The list of winners will be posted at Bestof.Georgetown.org.

Winning businesses receive window decals as well as certificates showing their award and category. In addition, the business name will be listed on the 2018 winners’ flyer at the Visitors Center and on the Bestof.Georgetown.org website for one year. Winners will have access to the Best of Georgetown 2018 logo for use in their websites and printed material.

The annual Best of Georgetown, TX contest is sponsored by the City of Georgetown Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Red Poppy Festival in downtown Georgetown on April 27-29

Joe Nichols
Joe Nichols

The 19th annual Red Poppy Festival is April 27-29. The signature festival on the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas starts Friday night and runs all weekend with three days of music, entertainment, family fun, and features more than 120 arts and craft vendors.

Joe Nichols is the headliner Saturday night. Matthew McQueen will open for Nichols at 6 p.m. Longtime festival favorite Dysfunkshun Junkshun is back for the Friday night concert at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge for the concerts or other festival activities. Feel free to bring your own chair and cooler if you are coming for the day.

Other festival highlights include the Red Poppy Parade on Saturday at 10 a.m., and the Car Show on Saturday at 11 a.m. On Sunday, come see the One-in-the-Hole ball drop with 28,000 ping pong balls dropped on Austin Avenue at 2 p.m.

The Red Poppy Kid’s Fun Zone is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Fun Zone includes an obstacle course, a huge slide, a bounce house, a basketball game and a toddler playground.

The Red Poppy Festival is on track to become a zero-waste event. Food vendors are using compostable plates, dishes, drinking straws, napkins, cutlery, and cups. Look for recycling and composting eco-stations and help the festival to become zero waste. In 2017, attendees helped divert nearly 70 percent of waste generated at the event from the landfill.

Entries for the Red Poppy Taste Awards, a cooking competition featuring all things poppies in sweet and savory foods, must be submitted on April 25. Winners will be announced on stage Saturday night. For more information, visit redpoppyfestival.com/things-to-do/red-poppy-taste-awards.

For a full schedule and all the details, go to RedPoppyFestival.com.

The Red Poppy Bike Ride will be held Saturday, April 21, the week before the festival, and the Red Poppy 5K will be held Sunday April 22.

The official 2018 Red Poppy Festival poster is on sale for $5 each at the Visitor Center at 103 W. Seventh St. T-shirts are available for purchase at the festival.

Where are the poppies? For a map showing the locations of red poppies in Georgetown, stop by the Visitors Center at 103 W. Seventh St. (Or see an online map at redpoppyfestival.com/things-to-do/red-poppy-tour.)

Street Closures

Austin Avenue closes Friday morning: Starting at 6 a.m. on Friday, April 28, Austin Avenue will be closed from Sixth to Ninth streets. Traffic will be detoured to Rock Street. (This is to allow the placement of the main festival stage.) Austin Avenue will be closed through Sunday at 11 p.m.

Other streets around the Courthouse Square will close at 6 a.m. on Friday, April 28 to allow for vendor set-up. Streets around the Square will remain closed through Sunday at 11 p.m. An expanded street closure area will be in effect on Saturday from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon) for the Red Poppy Parade. To see the parade route, go to redpoppyfestival.com/things-to-do/parade. Detailed street closure information can be found at redpoppyfestival.com/parking.

Free Shuttle on Saturday

A free shuttle will run on Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to midnight. The shuttle will pick up and drop off passengers at the First Baptist Church located at 1333 W. University Ave. The drop-off location is at the corner of Austin Avenue and Ninth Street.

Event Parking

The Williamson County parking garage at Rock and Fourth streets and the public parking lot on Austin Avenue between Fifth and Fourth streets (next to The Monument Cafe) will be open during the festival. Public parking lots on Martin Luther King Jr. Street at West Eighth and West Sixth streets are also available. There is no charge for parking.

Handicap parking is available at the parking lot at 10th and Main streets.

The City parking lot at Sixth and Main streets will be closed starting at 6 a.m. on Friday, April 27.

For a complete schedule and all the details, go to RedPoppyFestival.com.

CVB earns second place at Stella Awards

The City of Georgetown Convention and Visitors Bureau recently placed second for the best destination marketing organization/convention and visitors bureau for the Southwest region for the 2017 Stella Awards. This was the award’s inaugural year.

The Stella Awards are presented by The Northstar Meeting Group and recognize hotels, convention centers, conference centers, airlines, cruise lines, destination marketing organizations/CVBs, and destination management companies that consistently deliver quality service and innovation to meeting and events professionals.

“We are very honored to be recognized alongside cities that have been doing meeting and event planning for many years,” Georgetown Tourism and CVB Manager Cari Miller said. “This award has given us the opportunity to showcase our City to meeting managers from throughout the U.S. We couldn’t have won this award without our incredible CVB team and all the wonderful work they do.”

Finalists for the awards were selected by voting industry professionals, and winners were selected by a panel of judges based on professionalism, consistency in delivering quality service, innovation of ideas, and support to meeting professionals.

Visit Phoenix and the Irving CVB placed first in the category, and Visit Denver came in third.

The Southwest region includes Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.

Red Poppy Festival in Downtown Georgetown April 28-30

The 18th annual Red Poppy Festival on the downtown Square in Georgetown is this weekend on April 28-30. The biggest annual festival on the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas starts on Friday night with three days of music, entertainment and family fun.

Diamond Rio is the headliner at the Saturday night street dance and Blue Water Highway starts the concert on Saturday night. The Friday night concert features Groove Knight. There is no admission charge for the concerts or other festival activities such as the car show, parade, Red Poppy Kid’s Fun Zone or vendor booths. Bring your own chair if you are coming to listen to the music.

Other festival highlights include the Red Poppy Bike Ride on Saturday at 8 a.m., the Red Poppy 5k run on Saturday at 9 a.m., the Red Poppy Parade on Saturday at 10 a.m., and the Car Show on Saturday at 11 a.m. On Sunday, don’t miss Kevin Fitzpatrick doing amazing rope tricks at 12:30, 2:30, and 4 p.m. Come to watch and participate in the One-in-the-Hole ball drop with 28,000 ping pong balls on Sunday at 2 p.m.

The Red Poppy Kid’s Fun Zone is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Fun Zone includes an obstacle course, a huge slide, a bounce house, a basketball game and a toddler playground.

Tours of the historic Shotgun House, located at 801 West St. will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday during the festival. The house features historic reflections and artifacts from the African American community. Teacakes and lemonade will be available for purchase.

The Red Poppy Festival is on track to become a Zero Waste event by 2021, which means that 90 percent of the waste from the event is recycled or composted. Food vendors are using only compostable plates, dishes, drinking straws, napkins, and cutlery and recyclable cups. Look for recycling and composting eco-stations and help the festival to become Zero Waste. You can start by bringing your own reusable shopping bags from home. In 2016, attendees helped divert 54 percent of waste generated at the event from the landfill.

Winners of the Red Poppy Taste Awards, a cooking competition featuring poppies in sweet and savory foods, will be announced on stage during the Saturday night concert.

For a full schedule and all the details, go to RedPoppyFestival.com.

The official 2017 Red Poppy Festival poster is on sale for $5 each at the Visitor Center at 103 W. Seventh St. T-shirts are available for purchase at the festival.

Where are the poppies? For a map showing the locations of red poppies in Georgetown, stop by the Visitors Center at 103 W. Seventh St. (Or see an online map at poppy.georgetown.org/things-to-do/red-poppy-tour.)

Street Closures

Austin Avenue closes Friday morning: Starting at 6 a.m. on Friday, April 28, Austin Avenue will be closed from Sixth to Ninth streets. Traffic will be detoured to Rock Street. (This is to allow the placement of the main festival stage.) Austin Avenue will be closed through Sunday at 11 p.m.

Other streets around the Courthouse Square will close at 6 a.m. on Friday, April 28 to allow for vendor set-up. Streets around the Square will remain closed through Sunday at 11 p.m. An expanded street closure area will be in effect on Saturday from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon) for the Red Poppy Parade. To see the parade route, go to poppy.georgetown.org/things-to-do/parade. Detailed street closure information can be found at poppy.georgetown.org/parking.

Free Shuttle on Saturday

A free shuttle will run on Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to midnight. The shuttle will pick up and drop off passengers at the First Baptist Church located at 1333 W. University Ave. The drop-off location is at the corner of Austin Avenue and Ninth Street.

Event Parking

The Williamson County parking garage at Rock and Fourth streets and the public parking lot on Austin Avenue between Fifth and Fourth streets (next to The Monument Cafe) will be open during the festival. Public parking lots on Martin Luther King Jr. Street at West Eighth and West Sixth streets are also available. There is no charge for parking.

Handicap parking is available at the parking lot at 10th and Main streets.

The City parking lot at Sixth and Main streets will be closed starting at 6 a.m. on Friday, April 28.

For a complete schedule and all the details, go to RedPoppyFestival.com.

Red Poppy Classic Car & Truck Show

The 2015 Red Poppy Festival Classic Car & Truck Show will be held April 25, 2015. To enter this classic car and truck show vehicles must be from 1990 or earlier. Awards will go to the Top 20 with an additional award for Best of Show. There will not be vehicle classes, meaning the best vehicles will be recognized regardless of make, model and year. New this year, there will be participant voted awards. Once again, we will have the Red Poppy Flair competition, so dress up your vehicle and yourself with your best Red Poppy Flair for a chance at an award. Cars will be displayed on the most beautiful town square in Texas!

To register, fill out the registration form and mail in with your check payment prior to April 17, 2015. Registrations will not be accepted after April 17, 2015. Registrants will receive a Car Show T? Shirt. There will not be day of registration and registration is limited to 100 vehicles.

The show has filled up the last couple of years, so act fast!

The Classic Car & Truck Show is brought to you by Don Hewlett Chevrolet Buick, Hewlett Volkswagen and the City of Georgetown.

Red Poppy Car Show Registration Application