Blueberry festival opens Saturday

Published 8:33 pm Wednesday, June 18, 2008

By By Lydia Grimes – features reporter
For the 28th year, Brewton will celebrate that tiny, sweet blue fruit with a festival that offers a little something for everyone.
The Alabama Blueberry Festival will get under way at 9 a.m. Saturday at Burnt Corn Creek downtown, with activities continuing until 5 p.m.
Judy Crane, executive director for the Chamber of Commerce, said this year's festival promises to be a good one, despite a forecast that calls for some rain.
There is something planned for all ages from the youngest to the oldest. An antique car and motorcycle show and ride will entertain many while youngsters will be given their own area to participate in many things geared for the young. There will be a shuttle train, waterslide, inflatables, obstacle course, maze, petting zoo, and face paintings.
Barney and Gomer will be on hand with the vintage Andy Griffith police car. Magician Johnny Richerson will stroll throughout the park practicing his slight of hand tricks. There will be live entertainment going on all day and lots of goodies to eat, from hamburgers and blueberry cobbler dished up by the Kiwanis Club, to private venders who will be selling everything from barbecue to real Cajun crawdads. There will be blueberry ice cream and cobbler. The food court will have funnel cakes, shaved ice, sausage dogs, roasted corn, kettle popcorn and boiled and roasted peanuts. And, of course, there will be the fresh blueberries for sale at $18 a crate and $1.50 a pint. If you have a green thumb, blueberry bushes will also be for sale.
Michelle Jones, administrtive assistant for the Chamber, said certain areas will be closed to traffic to allow for a safe commute for those walking to the festival.
The arts and crafts vendors include six local residents:

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