Archive for the ‘Picnic’ Category

Willie Nelson and Family, at the Gorge, George, Washington, on July 4, 2007.

Saturday, April 27th, 2019
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Beautiful place to hear live music, especially WN&F.  It was very hot, though, don’t let that river and canyons fool you.

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnics

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019
by: Dave Thomas

The Willie Nelson Fourth of July Picnic reaches back to the summer of 1973 and a rocky ranch outside of Dripping Springs. However, the inspiration for the Picnic was the Dripping Springs Reunion, held a year prior on that same ranch, but in March.

From that confusing start and helped along by cancellations, not-really “last Picnics,” multi-day Picnics, multiple Picnics, out-of-Texas Picnics, mountains of lukewarm beer, stoned recollection and heaps of mythology, the Picnic is a hard thing to keep straight.

So we’ve brought you the definitive timeline ...

Willie Nelson Pick of the Day (July 4, 2015)

Friday, July 20th, 2018


Thanks, to the great Guthrie Thomas, may he rest in peace, for photos he shared of the beatiful guitar pick for this year’s Fourth of July Picnic.

Pick design by artist and Willie Nelson fan Marsha Gerhardt.

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic Program

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Thanks to Traces of Texas reader Frank Smith for sharing photo of the official program for Willie Nelson’s 2nd 4th of July picnic, held in College Station, Texas.

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard on the Fourth of July (2015)

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

photos: Janis Tillerson




Willie Nelson and Beto O’Rourke on the 4th of July

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

“One of the best Independence Days of my life! Getting to be with Willie Nelson, family, friends. Grateful!”

— Beto O’Rourke

Growing Old at Willie Nelson’s Picnic

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Lukas Nelson, at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July PIcnic.

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

More great photos from Willie’s picnic from Janis Tillerson.  Wow.

Willie Nelson’s Picnic

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

1973: The first Willie Nelson Fourth of July Picnic was held on a ranch outside Dripping Springs. 1974: The picnic was held in College Station. Lineup included Jimmy Buffett, Townes Van Zandt and Kinky Friedman. Photo: Scott Moore/For the American-Statesman

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic, the finale

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

photos:  Janis Tillerson

Family and friends join Willie Nelson on stage on the 4th of July in Austin


Monday, July 9th, 2018

Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic at Carl’s Corner, Texas (1987)

Monday, July 9th, 2018

Workers prepare stage

Willie’s July 4th Picnic Saturday at Carl’s Corner
The Reporter
July 2, 1987

Willie Nelson returns to his native Hill Country to stage his annual Fourth of July Picnic this year at Carl’s Corner

Last minute details are being taken care of for the concert to be held along Interstate 35 at Carl’s Corner north of Hillsboro.

Chainlink fences surrounding the complex have been erected and work on a revolving stage for the concert got underway earlier this week.

Some of the top entertainers in the business are expected to appear.

Scheduled to appear with Abbott native are Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Roger Miller, Bruce Hornsby and the Range, the O’Kanes, Jerry Jeff Walker, the Geezinslaws and Asleep at the Wheel.

Also, Eric Johnson, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Rattle Snake Annie, Billy Joe Shaver, Emmylou Harris, Billy Roy and Heart of the Night, Bennie Kirby and His Country Dummies, Roy Garrett and Linda Elaine and Mack Abernathey.

Still others scheduled to appear are David Allen Coe, Don Cherrie, Dwight Yokum, Cherokee Rose, Delbert McClinton, Joe Ely, Nitty Ditty Dirt band, Gary McClung Band of Hillsboro and others.

Camping for the concert will be available Friday night, July 3; free parking will open at 4 a.m. Saturday; gates to the concert site will open at 7 a.m.; and the music will begin at 10 a.m. lasting until midnight.

According to Zeke Varnon of Hillsboro, there will be free parking for about 17,000 vehicles on the concert grounds; after that, parking will be available in the area for a fee.

Persons entering the concert will not be allowed to carry alcoholic beverages, glass containers, fireworks or weapons onto the grounds.

Ice chests, food, lawnchairs and caneras will be allowed, according to Varnon.

Food items, soft drinks, beer and ice will be available on the concert grounds.

A special crew of medical technicians, headed by Hillsboro native Dr. Red Duke, will be on hand for minor medical emergencies that ight arise during the day.

The mmedical crew will be located in a large metal barn at the concert site.

Final preparations for the concert also are being made by security consultant Mike Simpson.

Simpson has been involved with concerts since 1973 and has served as security consultant for the picnic since 1984.

Over 400 law enforcement and security personnel are expected to be in the concert area the day of the event, acording to Simpson.

Ranger Security Systems of Austin and Southwest Concert Security will provide security personnel for the interior of the concert grounds according to Simpson.

Additional Department of Public Safety troopers, officials from the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission, Hill County Sheriff’s Department and Hillsboro Police Department are expected in the area also.

Hillsboro Police Department will assist Carl’s Corner Police Department as needed.

Hillsboro Police Chief Ed Wheat said that a supervisor will be in the concert site area to evaluate the need for Hillsboro officers and the length of time they will be at the site.

No less than eight Hillsboro police officers will be on duty at all times during the holiday weekend according to the police chief.

The Hill County Sheriff’s Department also will be fully staffed during weekend to cover the county.

Fifteen deputies, including reserves, will be available during the weekend to cover the county.

Sheriff Brent Button said the primary concern for his department was the load the holiday weekend might place on the Hill County Law Enforcement Center which is currently operating near it’s 40 man capacity.

Besides the concert, a large crowd is anticipated at the Lake Whitney Cycle Ranch for a national motorcross race and the parks on Lake Whitney are expected to fill to capacity.

Simpson said, “There has been a great cooperative effort between all agencies involved in the preparation for the concert to make it safe and pleasant for the patrons as well as the residents fo the areas.

Tickets for the event are $21 and are available at several locations in Central Texas.

In Hillsboro, tickets are available at Carl’s Corner Truck Stop, Sherry’s Hitch ‘N Post Western Wear, Ramada Inn, Darlene’s Restaurant and Thunderbird Restaurant.

Other ticket outlets include Hitch N Post, Cheyannes, Herrington Insurance Agency, all in Whitney, Adams Tour and Travel in Itasca and Night Owl in West.

Tickets also are available through Rainbow Ticket Masters in the Dallsa-Fort Worth metroplex.

While a large number of tickets have been sold, Varnon said no estimates have been established.

Mickey Raphael with Head and the Heart, Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic (2018)

Monday, July 9th, 2018

More great photos from Janis Tillerson from Willie Nelson’s 4th of July picnic, Mickey Raphael sits in with the Head and the Heart.

The Particle Kid at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic

Monday, July 9th, 2018

thanks, Janis Tillerson, for photos of Micah Nelson from Willie’s Picnic.

Willie Nelson’s smile

Sunday, July 8th, 2018

Thank you, thank you, thank you Janis Tillerson for sharing her photos from Willie Nelson’s 4th of July picnic, and all these smiles.