Every year thousands of families will travel to Ennis to take in fields upon fields of bluebonnets.
But this year, an early arrival of the state flower is tricking Texans into thinking it’s time to grab the camera and pack up the family for the yearly photo.
Sandy Anderson, with the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails and Garden Club, is advising families to wait just a few weeks longer.
“We’re a month early. We really, really are. We’re a month early,” Anderson said.
Anderson said the visitor’s bureau in Ennis has received so many phone calls from families asking about bluebonnets that the employees had to work this past weekend.
“They want to know how good they are and they want to know is it time to come now,” she said.
Anderson said there are some along the side of the road, but those are just a preview of what’s really to come.
“They’re on the roadside and you think, ‘Oh gosh, it’s bluebonnet time! I’ve got to get out there. I’m gonna miss them.’ No, those always come out first. And the fields, I’m telling you, it’s just gonna take another two to three weeks,” Anderson said.
She also wanted people to know by waiting they will not miss the bluebonnets in full bloom. Once the fields fill in, the bluebonnets will be around for about six weeks.
Anderson said if families really want an experience or good pictures to wait another few weeks.
“It’ll be worth it. Yes, it will be worth it,” she said.
The Ennis Bluebonnet Trails officially open April 1, and the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails Festival is set for April 15-17.