Color, color everywhere: wildflowers in full bloom in the area
April 3, 2010 at 4:02 p.m.
Updated April 2, 2010 at 11:03 p.m.
CUERO - It's time to get your Lupinus texensis on again.
Better known by their common name of Texas bluebonnets, these and other wildflower species are in full bloom throughout the Crossroads.
The splashes of color along the highways and byways have emerged in time for the annual Wildflower Month observance in DeWitt County, the official Wildflower Capital of Texas as declared by the Texas Legislature in 1999.
"The wildflowers are spectacular this year. This should be the best year we have had in a long time," said Myrna Hassfield, president of the DeWitt County Wildflower Association. "We are seeing places bloom that haven't bloomed in years. There are fields and fields of wildflowers. It's fabulous."
Last year's drought conditions put a damper on the wildflower celebration, but a full slate of events are on the schedule this year.
A live specimen display of many of the more than 1,000 kinds of wildflowers in the county will be featured throughout the month at the DeWitt County Historical Museum.
The exhibits are available for viewing at the museum, 312 E. Broadway St., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The exhibit will also be open on Saturday, April 10.
The busiest day will be that Saturday with a bevy of activities.
At 9 a.m., wildflower excursions on school buses begin at the museum. The three-hour tours with a guide are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Reservations are required.
Also Saturday, the Cuero Municipal Park will be the site of two events - the 11th annual Cuero Wellness Center Wildflower 5k and the Cuero Anchor Club Wildflower Bike Ride and Cycling Tour.
The bike ride begins at 8 a.m. Riders have a choice of five routes, ranging from 10 to 58 miles, through the scenic DeWitt County countryside.
The costs are $35 for adults and $30 for students.
Registration for the 5k starts at 8 a.m. and is $25 for adults and $20 for students. The event begins at 9 a.m. The 3.1 mile walk or fun run takes most recreational walkers about 45 minutes to complete.
Immediately following completion of the 5k, about 10 a.m., the 2nd annual Junior Wildflower Jog for children up to age 12 will begin. The route is about a half mile. Registration begins at 9:15 a.m. and costs $5.
Awards will be handed out following the jog.
Also on Saturday, the Yorktown Historical Society is hosting a wildflower display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Yorktown Historical Museum, 143 W. Main St.
Another month-long event is the DeWitt County Shutterbugs Camera Club exhibit. More than 250 photographs, including many of Texas wildflowers, are on display through Thursday, April 29 at the Cuero Municipal Library, 207 E. Main St. Library hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.