Festivities will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17 as the 60th Annual Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival steps off this year in downtown Ennis. 

The event, sponsored by the Ennis Garden Club, will be located in its usual spot – Southwest Main, Northwest Main and West Knox streets.

“On Friday, April 15, only the Ennis Garden Club Headquarter Tent will be open for bluebonnet souvenirs and trail maps,” a spokesman said.

The festival will feature Arts, crafts and food. The Ennis Garden Club will have souvenirs at their booth at the downtown Pierce Park.

The Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau website notes that there will be free bluebonnet trail maps, historic downtown shopping, children’s fun area, and the Ennis Railroad Museum will be open.

Live entertainment will be featured both days, and is sponsored by Ennis Arts Commission, Ennis Ford, CNB of Texas, Mitchell Automotive, and Donna Weisberg Training Stables.

Main Stage is located on Northwest Main Street, and sound and music is provided by Jimmy Zabojnik.

Performing will be Steve Weisberg and Roy Rivers who will perform a special John Denver tribute at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16.

Steve Weisberg moved to Aspen in 1972 to be discovered by an upcoming John Denver.  And his long shot worked.  On the first tour, the band was John, Steve, and Dick Kniss on bass. Steve played lead guitar, dobro, pedal steel, and sang the low harmony.  By 1974 they were a 5-piece band, selling out Madison Square Garden in four consecutive shows. Denver wrote in his autobiography “It was that constellation that carried me through some big years touring and recording”. From 1973 to 1977, there was never one unsold concert seat.

His first record with Denver was John Denver’s Greatest Hit’s, Volume 1 Back Home Again, An Evening With John Denver, Rocky Mountain Christmas, Windsong, Spirit, and Greatest Hits Volume 2.  John recorded  several songs that Steve wrote for him through the years, including It’s Up to You on Back Home Again, and Christmas for Cowboys on Rocky Mountain Christmas. Steve played all the concerts and TV shows as well.  Steve Weisberg has recorded, been a featured guest artist, and/or co-written with Michael Martin Murphey, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jimmy Buffett, Glen Frey (Eagles), John Prine, Delbert McClinton, Jose Feliciano, and Willie Nelson, just to name a few. Steve now lives in Palmer, TX, just a few miles from Ennis

Roy Rivers hit the scene in Europe  in 2005 with a number one charting duet with Dolly Parton of John Denver’s famous song “Thank  God I’m A Country Boy”. He accepted the German country music Hall of Fame  award on behalf of John Denver  that same year and recently presented the award to John’s family in  Aspen. Roy was nominated for SIX  European CMA awards in 2006, winning one of them with Dolly Parton for Vocal  Collaboration of the year.

For the second consecutive summer, Roy has headlined the prestigious venue Red Rocks, to a sold-out crowd, featuring Steve as special guest.

For further information, contact the Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau at 972-878-4748 or visit the website at www.visitennis.org.