Thousands attend Nacogdoches Blueberry Festival

Thousands attend Nacogdoches Blueberry Festival
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Thousands of blueberry lovers got their fix today at the 27th annual Nacogdoches Texas Blueberry festival.

"We have blueberry muffins, blueberry mini muffins, stuffed cookies with blueberry icing," Olde Towne employee, Jaide Dodge said. "Pretty much anything blueberry, we've got it," Dodge said.

It's a tiny fruit, with a huge influence in East Texas.

"This is the official blueberry capital of Texas," Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce volunteer, John Ruckel said. "If you want a true blueberry experience, you've got to come to Nacogdoches.

Thousands braved the heat to enjoy a day of family fun at the Nacogdoches blueberry festival on Saturday.

"We come every year, it's a tradition," festival attendee, Leslie Byerly said. "This is our second year with Lincoln, my son, and we just come to enjoy all the booths and food."

"It's a good way to get in touch with everyone," festival first timer, Kelso Walker said. "You see different people, different types of food, and different products you can buy. It's fun."

With more than 150 vendors flooding Main Street it's hard to focus on one thing.

"The jewelry, the clothes, the nice people, and all the dogs," festival first timer, Rosemary Dusck, said.

"The people are wonderful, and the foods wonderful," Byerly said.

Although people come for different reasons, there is one that stands out.

"I love blueberries, they are healthy for you," festival goer, Wyomie Love said.

This year the festival has hit an all-time high with attendees and vendors.

"They've committed to coming back as long as we have the festival," Ruckel said. "We've got to find a way to make room for more vendors."

However, if you couldn't make it out this year, don't worry, next year's festival is predicted to bigger and better than ever.

"I'd just say next year, get here early, when it's nice and cool," Ruckel said. "Don't miss the 28th annual Blueberry Festival."

Event organizers said this year the festival had more than 20,000 attendees.

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