NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - This is the week that everything is "blueberry" in Nacogdoches.
This weekend's Texas Blueberry Festival gets an early start with a new Friday night concert. Fittingly, it's the Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in the Park. The fresh event is expected to fit in well with the festival's all-time favorites.
"And where are we putting the bleachers?" said Claire Robbins, a member of the Blueberry Bluegrass Committee.
"Kinda at the outskirts," replied Angela Wiederhold, another Blueberry Committee member.
Blueberry Bluegrass Committee members can already hear the banjos, mandolins, and fiddles playing as they plan something good.
"You can't listen to bluegrass and be sad," Wiederhold said. "It's a super fun, toe-tapping great time."
The lineup includes five bands bringing their own unique style of bluegrass.
Nacogdoches County's Sandy Land Bluegrass producer Cowboy Barrett was the go-to man.
"The heavy lifting was done by Cowboy Barrett," said Scott Waller, a Blueberry Bluegrass Committee member. "He's the one who has all the connections in the bluegrass community and we could not put this together without Cowboy."
Bluegrass fans will know the acts. All listeners will tap along. Groups like The Blake Brothers, The Coursey Family Band, The Bottom Dollar String Band, and headliner Catahoula Drive are heading this way.
"This is what's Rex Perry allowed us to do is we're able to contract with top notch talent from Austin, talent from Louisiana, from North Texas," Wiederhold said. "And we're very proud that Steve Hartz of the Old Time String Shop will kick off the concert."
"We hope to have a lot of families come out because it's just a good clean, fun entertainment," said Scarlet Sloane, a Blueberry Bluegrass Committee member.
Five volunteers vowed to find a new, fun event without taxing an already busy Nacogdoches Chamber staff.
"I think too then you don't have the attitude, 'well somebody else is going to do it,'" Robbins said. "You got to step up and carry your weight when you've got that small of a group."
But the commitment goes just so far.
"No dancing for me, but my toe will be tapping," Wiederhold said. "That's for sure."