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N.C. Blueberry fest set for June 20

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Coordinators expect biggest event yet

By Henry Burnett

Intern 

The 12th annual North Carolina Blueberry Festival is planned for Saturday, June 20 in historic downtown Burgaw.

A town of just over 4,000 residents, Burgaw swells each year during the festival. The first Blueberry Festival in 2004 drew just more than 5,000 attendees, and for 2015, coordinators expect more than 30,000 people to attend.

Olivia Dawson, festival coordinator, described the event as “the busiest day ever in Burgaw.”

Dawson also described the Blueberry Festival’s importance to the town of Burgaw.

“Of course it’s a community effort,” she said. “It’s a time of gathering when locals come home.”

Event sponsors enable the festival to give away more than $20,000 in scholarships to local high school seniors, she explained.

The 2015 festival opens with a barbecue cook-off Friday night. Tickets are $5. Saturday’s street fair will feature more than 120 arts and crafts vendors, and several blueberry farms, including one offering organic blueberries.

Also on Saturday are a 5K run, a car show, a “Tour de Blueberry” bicycle ride, and an outdoor concert series. Pender Athletic Club will be the exclusive barbecue vendor, selling plates to raise funds for Pender County schools.

More information can be found online at
www.ncblueberryfestival.com

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