Blueberry Festival has ‘enormous’ impact on Nacogdoches

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Published: Jun. 8, 2022 at 3:03 PM CDT
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NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce held their Blueberry Festival press conference this morning. Local leaders highlighted the tourism the festival brings to town, as well as the hard work, planning and preparation for the event.

“Doesn’t this thing just kind of happen,” said Wayne Mitchell, President of the Chamber of Commerce, speaking on what people assume about the event. “They don’t realize that months of planning and hundreds of hours of work goes into this and all kidding aside we recognize the importance of this and the economic value.”

The festivities kick off with the Blueberry Bluegrass Festival in the park on Friday. In total, the annual Blueberry Festival attracts more than 19,000 people each year to downtown Nacogdoches on the second Saturday in June with 40 percent of attendees being first-timers.

“It’s a wonderful time, it’s a huge crowd that comes to our town,” said mayor Jimmy Mize “They stay in our Hotels, they eat in our restaurants and they buy things that we have in town so what a great event.”

New this year is Balanced and Blueberries, featuring aerial fitness acrobatics in Festival Park on Saturday, as well as free pickleball classes by Old Town Pickleball at the rec center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be live music, blueberry picking, auto exhibits, shopping and restaurant specials. Grace Handler, Chair of the Blueberry Festival says there is more emphasis on making the Blueberry Festival a longer event to allow visitors to experience more of Nacogdoches.

“We care enough that we try to make it a full week event or just put it all together and everyone here is so gracious and kind,” said Handler. “This is the best community that I have ever lived in in my entire life.”

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