Tips for a 'berry' good time at Blueberry Festival

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Teresa Darby stops everything to talk blueberries.

You're likely to find Darby in her downtown office, dubbed "Grand Blue Bah" of booths, where she's been mapping out festival day since January.

"We have 200 booth spaces," Darby said. "It's a lot."

She begins on the brick streets.

"Saturday morning these streets are going to be filled on both sides of the street with vendors coming from all over Texas," Darby said.

First tip: When you arrive, park a few blocks away at the Courthouse Annex or the soccer fields. Then, set your priorities. Blueberry pancakes beginning at 8 a.m.

"Behind us is where the Kiwanis pancakes are set up in the morning," Darby said. "So there will be a long line all the way across this street here."

If visiting a blueberry farm is important...

"The first thing you want to do when you get to the show site is to look for the this blue house," Darby said. "This is the Jones House. There will be a shuttle waiting to take you to the berry farms for the Pick and Peek."

Or if you just want berries go to ...

"We're at the corner of Mound and Main," Darby said. "This is where you can buy the blueberries in a flat. Two dollars a pint or $20 for the flat of 12."

They'll even hold them in a refrigerated truck while you check out the festival.

"This is the festival park area," Darby said. "Behind me they're setting up the space for the Big Blue Mural."

Following all the fun remember to take a break.

"Free water on every single block," Darby said.

And lots of free entertainment on three stages.

"Take your time," Darby said. "Walk around and enjoy."