Blueberry Festival a success

Published 5:00 pm Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Another Alabama Blueberry Festival is in the history books, and if you missed this one, you missed some real treats.
So many people work hard every year — throughout the year — to make sure that the festival is a success.
This year, a revamp of the festival layout at Burnt Corn Creek Park meant that activities were more accessible — and vendors were in the shade under the trees.
We all know that not much makes a south Alabama summer day bearable, but cool treats from food vendors, the shade of the park’s trees and the breeze that blew most of the day were enjoyable.
The weekend actually began with a night to celebrate local artists and their work. The chamber of commerce-sponsored event, in its second year, is a great showcase for our local talent. We hope the event continues to get bigger and better every year.
On Saturday, arts and crafts vendors continued to showcase their talent, and thanks to sponsors Georgia-Pacific and Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union, all of the children’s activities were free this year. For parents, that was a huge help — and for children wanting to get out of the heat, the water slides were a huge hit.
The work that goes into planning the Blueberry Festival every year is enormous.
A special thanks to the chamber of commerce staff, volunteers and the city workers who help clean up the park — both before and after the event.
We’re already looking forward to next year.