Event Information:

  • History

    On the 5th day of August 1886, Mifflin Kenedy, President of the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Town Site Company, purchased from George W. Little and his wife Anne Land that would become the site of the town of Kenedy.  On June 7, 1887, Mr. Kenedy deeded the property to the Company, and the town of Kenedy was surveyed and laid out into lots.

    When construction of the railroad had reached a point about one mile south of where Karnes City now is located, a station called Kenedy to honor Mifflin Kenedy was established.  It was very near the geographical center of the County.  The station was equipped with a turntable, a depot, and eating and bootlegging joints.  There were passenger, mail, freight, and work trains every day.  The George B. Livingston and the C. P. Dailey families were residents there.  Mr. Livingston, being an employee of the railroad, resided in the depot, and the Dailey family lived across the street.

    Construction work proceeded south from the station and reached the site of what is now the city of Kenedy.  Here a three-way junction was established in the railroad.  It was the intention to move the equipment of the first Kenedy station (now old Kenedy) to the junction as soon as possible to establish a new station, also called Kenedy.

    Early in the spring of 1887, the railroad built a depot and a two-story hotel with a lunchroom (later The Beanery) at the junction.  The post office was moved down from the old Kenedy station and located in the southwest corner ground floor of the hotel.  To distinguish the two stations, the new one was called Kenedy Junction.

    1. P. Dailey was commissioned Postmaster March 12, 1887. The post office remained in the hotel while Mr. Dailey moved his store from Daileyville to a lot in the new town that was in the process of being surveyed. The store was to house the post office for the new town.

    On June 21, 1887, the post office was moved from the Railroad Hotel into the store, and Mr. Dailey was re-commissioned Postmaster at the same time to conform with the change in name from Kenedy Junction, the name of the railroad station, to Kenedy, the name of the new town.

    Mr. Dailey purchased the first lot in the new town of Kenedy from the Site Company July 2, 1887.  It was lot #12 in block #1 upon which his store had been placed.

Comments (45)

  1. could you send a booth application for the Bluebonnet Days festival. non-food.
    if cannot be sent by email, send to Steve Andres – 518 Indian Scout – Spring Branch – TX – 78070

  2. Is there going to be over night security for Friday night for venders who leave there booths standing with walls zipped and come back on Saturday to finish the show.

    Carmen & John

    1. Kelsey Yeater

      There is not going to be security. Although, we will have to police patrolling every hour throughout the night. The streets are going to be blocked off, there shouldn’t be any trouble.

  3. Chris Christian

    Good morning!
    Please send me a non-food vendor application for this event. Via e-mail or USPS at P.O. Box 56, Blanco, Texas 78606. Contact me as needed at 830.285.1398.

    Thank you,

    Chris Christian

    1. Kenedy Chamber

      Hello Chris! Sorry for the late response but I know we talked on the phone earlier. I hope everything was squared away and we’ll be seeing you in a few shorts weeks!

  4. Beatrice Zamora

    Need an application for vendors for Bluebonnet Days Festival -non food and with electricity. Thank You

    1. Kenedy Chamber

      There is a link above for the vendor application, but if you give us an email I can send it directly to you as well! Looking forward to hearing from you.

  5. Is there an admission, if so, how much is the admission? I noticed Kevin Fowler is playing on Saturday, is there an additional charge for this performance?

    1. Kenedy Chamber

      There is no admission and no charge to see Kevin Fowler. There will be vendors available for shopping, food and drinks- but the concerts Friday and Saturday are open to the public. Hope this helped and can’t wait to see ya there!

  6. I was wondering if I could get a non-food vendor application for the Lonesome Dove Fest. I know it is a couple of months away but I want to be prepared before hand. Thank You!

    1. Kenedy Chamber


      It has come to my attention that the Karnes City Rotary is actually the organization in charge of Lonesome Dove fest, I apologize for the mistake. Please direct any questions regarding Non-Food vendors to Maggie Hunt at (830) 299-1287.

      I apologize for the mistake!

  7. Charleyne OKelley

    I am interested in being a vendor at your Lonesome Dove Fair. I have searched the website for a vendor application and to no avail. I stamp names on 4 styles of stainless steel rings while ppl wait…

    1. Kenedy Chamber


      The Karnes City Chamber is the host of the Lonesome Dove Fest, we are the Kenedy Chamber. Their number is 830.780.3112, email is karnescitychamber@att.net and their website is http://karnescitychamberofcommerce.com. Stay in touch with us in the future so that you can become a vendor at our Bluebonnet Days happening next May! Give us a call at 830.583.3223 if you still have no luck getting into contact with them and I’ll see what I can do.

      Best Wishes!

      1. Kenedy Chamber


        It has come to my attention that the Karnes City Rotary is actually the organization in charge of Lonesome Dove fest, I apologize for the mistake. Please direct any questions regarding Non-Food vendors to Maggie Hunt at (830) 299-1287. Food Vendor inquiries can be answered by Stacey Witte at (830) 534-3450.

        Again, I am sorry for the mistake and hope you are able to get in touch with them.

  8. I would be interested in a commercial vendor application for the Bluebonnet Days Festival – May 6th and 7th, 2016. I will be selling wine from our winery out of DeWitt County. Thank you.

    1. We are thrilled at your interest in participating in two of our local chamber events. I will be more than happy to add you to our vendor list and send you a vendor application for Bluebonnet Days. Thank you for reaching out and I will be contacting you soon!

  9. I would be interested in a commercial vendor application for the “Kenedy Grapewine Classic” on March 25th and 26th, 2016. Our winery and vineyard are located in DeWitt County and we would appreciated the opportunity to attend. Thank you.

    1. That is great news! I will be emailing you shortly with more information and the application. Thank you so much for your participation and we look forward to working with you!

    1. Good Morning! We’re in the process of editing our vendor application from last year. I will email it to you shortly when it is completed and ready to go! Thank you so much for reaching out, we are thrilled at your interest to be involved in our largest event of the year!

    1. Kenedy Chamber

      We don’t have a limit on food vendors! I will send you an application right now. We are expecting at least 8,000 people between the two day festival, so we’d love to have you on board!

    1. Kenedy Chamber

      Bluebonnet Days will always be the first week of May. Thanks for asking and we hope to see you there next year!

    1. Penny,

      We are thrilled at your interest in becoming a vendor at our festival! We are currently editing our application and will send it to you as soon as it’s ready. Thanks again!

  10. I searched for a link to the vendor application and could not locate it. Please email the application for a food vendor for the Blue Bonnet Festival. Palmsdown@yahoo.com, or snail mail at J. Craft/P.O. Box 811/Bloomington, TX 77951.
    Thank you.

    1. We are limiting food vendors to avoid a detrimental amount of competition between food vendors, so we are not posting the application online. We will be requiring a photo of your set-up and a description of your items for sale. We have emailed you and are looking forward to speaking with you about it further! Thank you so much for reaching out.

  11. Interested in participating in this year’s blue bonnet days is there a number I can call the number listed says it’s been disconnected…or an email address thank you and have a good day.

    1. We are moving to the date of the Grapewine Classic to the fall so that we can focus all of our attention on the Bluebonnet Days festival, which is the first weekend of May. We will keep you in the loop once the date is confirmed! Thank you so much for asking!

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