Nacogdoches County Blueberry Festival promises food, family fun

The Blueberry Festival starts at 8 a.m. on June 10 in downtown Nacogdoches.
Published: Jun. 7, 2023 at 3:13 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 7, 2023 at 8:07 PM CDT

NACOGDOCHES Texas (KTRE) - The Blueberry Festival starts at 8 a.m. this Saturday in downtown Nacogdoches.

“I remember being 7, 8 years old, running around the brick streets. It’s almost like that feeling of Christmas morning,” said chairman of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Dustin Beavers.

Chair of the Texas Blueberry Festival Grace Handler said the days leading up to the event, they work at full force and call it ‘blueberry crunch week.’

“It is where everything and I mean absolutely, positively everything must come together and be exactly the way that we need it to be in order to pull this off,” said Handler.

Attendance in previous years was between 20,000 - 25,000 people, and some even traveled out of state. “Many states that people come from and all over the state of Texas,” said Handler.

Sponsor and president of Tipton-Ford Nacogdoches Neal Slaten said it’s a great time to see the community team up together. “So many people cooperating from government to private business and things like the chamber. It’s just wonderful to go out there and enjoy that and know that so many people have to put work into it to make it happen,” said Slaten.

The chamber also announced ‘1 Way Diesel Performance’ will be making an appearance.

Owner Chase Wells said they have always wanted to be part of the festival and will be bringing in several of the vehicles they worked on while filming ‘Loud and Lifted.’

“Experience the finished product. See what 1 Way Diesel is capable of, see what Nacogdoches, Texas, is capable of and enjoy the whole atmosphere of the Blueberry Festival.”

Darla O’Neill and Grace Handler, also from the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, let us know what about some of the new and unique activities coming to the festival this year.

Devyn Shea interviews members of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce about what to expect from the Blueberry Festival.