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Friday’s event pick: Georgetown’s 17th Annual Red Poppy Festival

(USE THIS PHOTO DOWNPAGE SECONDARY ON B1) June Batukis, of the Georgetown Visitors Center, picks ceramic poppies from the lawn of the Williamson County Courthouse in Georgetown on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. The poppies, which have numbered in the thousands are part of the piece titled "Blood of Heroes Never Die" by artist Jen Rose, and commemorates the Texas World War I veterans. The poppies have been on display since April 4 and will continue through May 5. This weekend the town's 17 Annual Red Poppy Festival will fun from Friday to Sunday April 22-24.  Batukis is taking the poppies to the visitors center where they will be for sale with proceeds benefitting Puppies Behind Bars, a nonprofit organization that provides service dogs to combat veterans in need. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN STATESMAN

DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN STATESMAN

The tradition honoring Georgetown’s signature red poppies kicks off on Earth Day and runs throughout the weekend with live music, a car show, parades and family fun. This year’s headliner is multi-platinum country artist Tracy Lawrence; in addition, there will be a Saturday parade with all spectators encouraged to wear red and a BMX bike tricks show throughout the day Sunday.

Georgetown is one of the few places in the U.S. where poppies grow naturally every year.

Details: 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free. Downtown Georgetown. poppy.georgetown.org.


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