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20th Annual Red Poppy Festival

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Red Poppy Festival, Georgetown, Texas
All Day
20th Annual Red Poppy Festival
27 Apr
Saturday
2019
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  • Red Poppy Festival, Georgetown, Texas
  • Pat Green, Madi Meeks, Chubby Knuckle Choir, Mason Lively and more

Sun Radio is proud to be a part of the 2019 Red Poppy Festival in Georgetown, happening April 26th-28th! Mark Murray will broadcast live from 11am to 4pm on Saturday April 27th, as well as to emcee the festivities. Live music at the Red Poppy Festival includes Pat Green, Madi Meeks, Chubby Knuckle Choir, Mason Lively and more.

History of Georgetown Red Poppies

Seeds from poppies in Europe were sent to Georgetown right after World War I. Henry Purl Compton (known as “Okra”) who served in the American Expeditionary Forces sent them to his mother. She planted them at her home which is now 507 East 7th Street. From there, they were spread (by birds, bees, and people!) down the river and over much of Old Town.

On April 25, 1990, Georgetown was certified by local residents and the Texas Legislature as the “Red Poppy Capital of Texas.” Red poppies have been a part of Georgetown’s landscape for over seventy years. Red poppies have grown naturally in street and highway right-of-ways, in vacant lots and parks lands, and in native and cultivated areas of our citizen’s yards. We understand that Georgetown is one of the few locations in the United States where red poppies reseed themselves from year to year. Each April as the poppies bloom, Georgetown celebrates with the annual Red Poppy Festival.