28th Annual Texas Blueberry Festival in Downtown Nacogdoches

The Blueberries Are Back!

By Trey Bass

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Official Art of the Texas Blueberry Festival

Official Art of the Texas Blueberry Festival

The Blueberries Are Back!
The Blueberries Are Back!

Blueberry pie, blueberry pancakes, and blueberry muffins, who doesn’t love blueberries? Luckily, Nacogdoches is home to the Texas Blueberry Festival. This festival takes place every year during the month of June. This year will be the 28th Annual Texas Blueberry Festival, and it will take place on June 10th.  The blueberry festival is a day-long celebration of the annual blueberry harvest. The festival was created in 1989 by Nacogdoches residents, Leon and Patsy Hallman. The Hallman’s coordinated with community leaders to help start a family-fun event that celebrates the businesses and attractions in downtown Nacogdoches, while putting a spotlight on local industry.

This festival helps spotlight all that Nacogdoches has to offer by involving restaurants, businesses, and local vendors who pack the streets downtown for this day filled with entertainment, excitement, and of course, blueberries. The festival is full of shopping, activities, and food for all ages.  The festival starts early in the morning with the “running of the blueberries,” an annual 5k run. There are a few different contests: pie eating contest, cupcake competition, and a washer board tournament. For those who are not interested in competitions can check out the local vendors that will be in attendance. This year there are vendors ranging from books, clothing, and kettle corn. This festival is truly a family-friendly event that has so many different attractions to choose from.

SFA senior, Sarah Russell, attends this event every year, and “loves how much fun this event is each year, and all the vendors who show up each year”.

The Texas Blueberry Festival has truly become a major event for the Nacogdoches community. Because it is an annual event, it is easy for the town to get excited when this time of year comes around. Many families see the festival as a tradition, and would not miss this event for anything. Each year the residents of Nacogdoches love coming and packing the streets of this event. Last year, the festival brought in approximately 19,000 people into the streets of downtown Nacogdoches. Festival Attendance has steadily grown over the years, and hope to continue the growth in the coming years.

Texas Blueberry Festival Truck

Texas Blueberry Festival Truck

Nacogdoches resident, Ross Hubacek, says “I always enjoy the car show that takes place during the festival”.

Tipton Ford/Lincoln puts on this festival annually, and there is a car show that takes place each year. There are many different cars and trucks that have been custom built, or rebuilt in this show. Many people love to walk through and take pictures next to all the interesting cars during this show. Tipton also has a special truck that is decorated for the Texas Blueberry Festival, and this truck is always a big attraction during the event.

The Texas Blueberry Festival is not just about blueberries though. Each year, a very special event that happens during the festival. There is a “Hug a Hero” booth, and the families of Nacogdoches have the opportunity to thank local heroes for their service. This booth always is filled with veterans, firefighters, police officers, and EMS. This is an emotional time where Nacogdoches resident can thank local heroes for their service in this community and for this country.

The Texas Blueberry Festival is a very special Nacogdoches event that takes place annually. It is a free, family-fun event that has a lot to offer for all ages. Visit the Texas Blueberry Festival’s website or check out the Facebook page for more information.