Someone's in the Weeds

The Bluebonnet Trails Festival takes place this weekend in Ennis, and it's pretty much the biggest thing that town has going--no offense, y'all. The Dallas Morning News has a predictably puffy preview, written by an Ennis freelancer who briefly addresses and then dismisses concerns that the drought has put this year's fest in jeopardy:

"Because of the drought, concern ran high for the rain-hungry bluebonnet, but early showings of Lupinus texensis on Sugar Ridge Road were spectacular, said Sandy Anderson, chairwoman of the festival."

Well, that's odd. If that's true, how do you explain this headline from Bloomberg News: "Texas Drought Kills Bluebonnets' Bloom, Hurts Tourism Industry"? Underneath that headline are all kinds of dour pronouncements about the fate of the flower, not only from Ennis officials ("We're hoping to have the same type of attendance, but we are being realistic. The flowers aren't as good this year") but also professor types ("It hasn't been quite the show it's been in years past"). Ah, what do they know. --Robert Wilonsky

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