Blueberry Festival

Fans are eagerly awaiting their berry favorite activities at the most delicious festival in Texas — the 32nd annual Blueberry Festival set for Saturday, June 11, in Nacogdoches.

Whether you prefer root beer floats or the Fredonia Brewery’s special Brewberry beer, there’s plenty of family-friendly fun celebrating Texas’ native superfood.

Festivities begin with the Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in the Park from 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 10, at Festival Park in downtown Nacogdoches. Enjoy performances by Little Roy and Lizzy, The Baker Family and Catahoula Drive and a special appearance by up-and-coming group the Gent Mountain Grassburs.

“Having Little Roy and Lizzy come to Nacogdoches is a huge honor,” said Scott Waller, co-organizer of the Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in the Park. “These two are legends in their own right, and when you put them together, you get pure magic. It’s going to be an amazing night.”

Food trucks and other vendors will be on-hand. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Organizers also ask that you leave coolers and alcohol at home.

The Running of the Blueberries begins bright and early Saturday morning and takes runners, walkers and joggers along the Lanana Creek Trail. Proceeds benefit Dog Park Nacogdoches.

The 10K begins at 7:15 a.m., 5K at 7:30 a.m. and a 1-mile route through the Clint Dempsey Soccer Complex starts immediately after the 5K.

Dogs are invited to walk or run with their leashed human and will receive a commemorative bandana. Register at tinyurl.com/BBrun22. Virtual race options are available.

But that’s the first of many competitions at the Texas Blueberry Festival. After your run, you can take a peek at the car show, quilt festival and sign up for the 42 tournament.

Blueberry Festival

The Blue Brrrrry Dunking booth, pet parade and Berry Best photobooth will keep everyone entertained on the brick streets downtown throughout the festival. Water slides and bounce houses also will be open and ready for cool blue fun.

Local chefs will be whipping up some blueberry delights in the Regions Bank Community Room at 10 a.m. Cooking up the Blues features Dr. Mary Olle and Claudann Jones.

Activities for blueberry lovers of all ages include make-and-take arts and crafts, a pet parade, “The Big Blue” mural painting, Blueberry Hill Soda & Sweet Shoppe, pie-eating contests, washer board tournament, and food and arts vendors. Downtown merchants and local businesses offer blueberry sweet specials inspired by the festival. The entire day is a fun, family-oriented event and many of the activities are free of charge.

Stop by Brookshire Brothers’ mobile blueberry store for your favorite blueberry-themed items.

Be on the lookout for Sasquatch, advised Neal Staten, owner of Tipton Ford, presenting sponsor of the festival. The giant human-ish creature will be hanging out with members of the dealership’s off-road adventure club.

KSWP/KAVX is sponsoring a kids’ obstacle course in Festival Park, and a petting zoo and the U.S. Army interactive activity trailer will be nearby.

Festival park is the shaded, grassy area just down the hill from the downtown brick streets.

Festival hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 11. Live music will be performed on stages downtown and in Festival Park throughout the day featuring acoustic folk guitar, country, jazz and soft rock. Shuttles will be provided for those who want to pick blueberries right off the bushes at nearby farms.