Anticipation grows for Texas Blueberry Festival

Stacey Spivey

POSTED: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 10:30pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 11:25pm

Anticipation is growing for the 25th annual Texas Blueberry Festival. "We want to make a big impact for our festival this year," said Grace Handler, director of the event. Every year thousands of people take a stroll down the red brick streets in downtown Nacogdoches, for a taste of true Texas flavor, and this year is no different. Brookshire Brothers teams up with the Chamber of Commerce to celebrate locally grown blueberries. "It will be the place to be June 14th," said Sally Alvis with Brookshire Brothers.

This year's theme is '25 days of blueberry,' and starting Wednesday local businesses will kick-off their countdown celebrations. The ribbon cutting ceremony and first night will be at Party'N Things. They will have 25% off, and plenty of blueberry beverages. "Yeah we just kind of wanted to get every business involved, a lot of people think the blueberry festival is just a downtown thing, and its really not, its a community thing," said Maury Littleton, owner. She said this is a community that loves its blueberries just as much as the visitors do! "We can never seem to get any because they always seem to run out before we get there, but the blueberries is the highlight of the day," said Littleton.

While local businesses take the spotlight leading up to the festival, it's the blueberries on center stage June 14th. "Of course, everybody wants to know about the blueberries," said Handler. Alvis also assured everyone not to worry because even with our late dose of winter weather, the blueberry crop is still bountiful. She added, "we don't want anyone to be concerned about the availability of blueberries, they'll be available at the market price, and when you buy blueberries at the festival, we'll give you bluebell for free." Brookshire Brothers is providing 13,000 lbs. of locally grown blueberries to be exact. Along with blueberry pies, tea, cupcakes, and more! "It's a fun event for all peoples, families, children, older people, all generations to come out and just have a great time in downtown Nacogdoches," said Handler.

For more information about the festival, and '25 days of blueberry,' you can click here.

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