NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - With the help of special guest Cowboy Max, the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce kicked off the Texas Blueberry Festival with its usual flair and fanfare.
"I'm excited to be back here," Cowboy Max said. "Say, who knows what this is? Let's stay it together one, two, three."
"A blueberry," the crowd replied.
"This is rubber ball, y'all," Cowboy Max said.
Cowboy Max was back with his witty humor. It kept volunteers laughing as they prepare for a very busy Saturday.
The downtown streets of Nacogdoches will be filled new and returning vendors.
"Last night we finished a 150 vendor packs," said Teresa Darby, a festival volunteer. "So that's how many vendors that we have and there are quite a few of those vendors who have two booths."
Organizers are hoping the vendors and entertainment will be a big attraction.
"Well, we're hoping for around 19,000, to 20,000 people," said Grace Handler, the festival chair.
Of course, it's the blueberry that's the biggest attraction. Pick your own farms are ready and waiting.
'The berries are at their peak," said Bruce Partain, the president of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce. They're saving them for us. We're going to have a great crop this year. We know the blueberries at Brookshire Brothers provided for us are also ready to go."
The main sponsor, Brookshire Brothers, will sell cases beginning at 7 Saturday morning. In case they run short, call Cowboy Max. He can turn one berry into many.
"Okay, 1, 2, 3. Say blueberry," Cowboy Max said. It's going to be really good year y'all."