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Thousands head to downtown Nacogdoches for Texas Blueberry Festival

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NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

Thousands of people filled downtown Nacogdoches to celebrate the county's love of blueberries.

"We have so much anticipation building up to the event, the streets are full, the blueberry pancakes are going, the bounce park is up," said Michelle Smith, Chairman, Texas Blueberry Festival.

The 23rd Annual Texas Blueberry Festival started bright and early Saturday morning with people lined up for blocks waiting for fresh blueberry pancakes.

 Throughout the day festival goers could get their hands on blueberry donuts, cobbler, lemonade, pies and other variations of the famous fruit and even pick their own.

"Everybody has to come get blueberries and they do come from 250 miles away to buy the blueberries," said Teresa Darby, Logistics Co-Chair, Texas Blueberry Festival.

The celebrated blueberries do a little more than just satisfy taste buds.

The festival showcased not only the county's favorite fruit it also highlights some of the cities local businesses."

"All these vendors here on the square giving our local residents as well as our visitors an opportunity to favor local vendors," said Smith.

Hill Creek Farm, Farm Manager, Clay Sunda says the festival gives people an opportunity to see exactly where their berries are coming from.

"People kind of like buying locally, especially within your community," said Sunda.

 With 154 vendors on hand and numerous activities, the Texas Blueberry Festival is a celebration of family and community.

"It's a family event; there is something here for everyone in your family, from your newborn all the way to your 80 year old," said Smith.

Festival officials hope that when people think Nacogdoches, they'll think blueberries.

"Blueberries put us on the map," said Darby.

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