Volunteers and sponsors work hard to plan a one day, free festival that attracts thousands of visitors to the brick streets of Nacogdoches. (Source: KTRE Staff)
George Patterson, alias Adophus Sterne, enjoys blueberry ice cream at the Nacogdoches Texas Blueberry Festival preview event. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Texas Blueberry Festival provides complete information through social media. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Festival goers can cool off at a variety of indoor events. The Sweet Shoppe is always popular. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -
Blueberry fun is in the weekend plans for thousands of people.
The 27th Texas Blueberry Festival in Nacogdoches gets kicked off Friday night with a free bluegrass concert followed by a full Saturday of events.
It's a small blueberry, but it can do so much.
"You can eat 'em raw, you can cook 'em, you can mash 'em, you can squeeze 'em, you can hug 'em, you can kiss 'em,” said Bill teague, the interim president of the Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce. You can do a lot of things with the blueberry, and they're all good."
They’re also sweet enough to attract vendors from as far away as Alabama and New York City. They'll sell their wares in 220 street-side and Festival-Park booths.
"There's shark on a stick, so if that's your thing, go check it out,” said Polly Etta, a Blueberry Festival volunteer.
Fun is kicked off Friday night with the free Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in the Park.
Saturday starts with the Blueberry Pancake Breakfast at 8 a.m. It's a fundraiser for the Kiwanis. In addition, numerous competitions, kids' activities, and entertainment that ranges from hysterical to historical all over downtown until 4 p.m.
"I think of Nacogdoches as the gateway to history,” said Linda Bond, who will be portraying a historical figure.
It's all free thanks to generous sponsors. Lead sponsor is Tipton Ford Lincoln.
"You give an opportunity to give back for a community,” said Neil Slaten, the owner of Tipton Ford-Lincoln. “Tell people thank you, celebrate Nacogdoches, but at the same time what a great place to promote our company."
Ford's Innovative Lab Trailer, the same one that shows up at NASCAR and pro football games will roll up to Nacogdoches to provide a learning experience.
"Inside of it will be the F-series line of engines,” Slaten said.
When festival goers' engines need recharging they can take a pit stop. How you go about the day is entirely up to you. It's as versatile as the blueberry itself.
You can get all the details at this link or contact the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, which is producing of the Texas Blueberry Festival.