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08/02/06 - Nacogdoches

Blueberry Festival

News Release:

The Texas Blueberry Festival is giving back to the downtown that helped make it famous.

The festival, organized by the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, recently donated $2,500 to Nacogdoches Main Street to help in the construction of a permanent canopy structure to be installed on the Plaza Principal stage area on the southern side of the Historic Town Center building, which houses the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The festival, held the second weekend in June, attracts 10,000 to 15,000 people annually, with an estimated local economic impact of just under a million dollars, according to organizers.

"This year's festival was a big success," said Kim Luna Snyder, vice chair of special projects for the Chamber's board of directors. "We are proud to help improve downtown Nacogdoches for not only our festival's musical performers, but for all the other wonderful events that take place in our historic community's town square."

The Main Street Advisory Board has been raising money for the permanent canopy structure, which will be painted forest green. The design incorporates antique-style poles, "to stay in sync with the historic-style light poles in place throughout downtown," according to Sarah Hueber, Main Street manager.

"The canopy will be a beautiful asset to downtown and will provide sun and rain protection for performers at events and festivals," she said. "The Main Street Advisory Board hopes to have all the money raised by January of 2007. If you would like to make a donation towards this downtown beautification project, please contact the Main Street Office at 559-2573."

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