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Buckaroos and blue tunes at blueberry festival
Posted 05 - 26 - 2010

Photo: Watch Cowboy Max wield his bullwhip and Jack Dagger fling his flaming knives at the 21st Annual Texas Blueberry Festival presented by Brookshire Brothers, Saturday, June 12 in downtown Nacogdoches. Click to watch Max and Dagger on YouTube.

The Texas Blueberry Festival, presented by Brookshire Brothers, will bring more than 20 acts of live entertainment on three stages in downtown Nacogdoches. The festival is 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, June 12.

A rip-roarin’ duo, Cowboy Max and Jack Dagger, will ride in for two Max and Dagger Show performances on the Festival Plaza stage at 8:30 and 10:10 a.m. With Max wielding bullwhips and Jack flinging knives it is a wild west show for the whole family.

"If a blueberry escapes uneaten I'll round it up with my bullwhip, and Jack Dagger will pin it down with his knives," Cowboy Max said. "The dangerous thrills of target bullwhips and knives will leave even the bravest blueberry beyond belief."

 Jack Dagger, the world champion knife thrower (The Tonight Show), is all set to do his death defying show. However, bullwhip buckaroo Cowboy Max is set to do his, too.

According to Jack Dagger, the stage isn’t big enough for the both of them. “Looks like there’s only one way to settle this - a duel,” he said.

Will Max’s wooly chaps protect him from a barrage of blades? Will Jack survive as Max whips it and whips it good? The battle builds until the not-to-be-believed mid-air fire finale.

“The Max and Dagger Show is a special treat for our festival guests,” entertainment chair Brianna Lewis said. “There’s quite a variety of entertainment scheduled throughout the day sure to please all festival guests.”

Lewis organized a musical performance line up that includes acoustic, blues, rock, Christian, folk, Americana and gospel genres. Other acts include the Rhythm Rocker Cloggers and the Boys and Girls Club of East Texas gymnastics group.

“Local favorites are returning such as Cindy Grayson, Jon Hall, Buffalograss and Ally Fuller,” Lewis said. “Many are traveling from other cities, and Zay Santos is coming in from New Mexico on his tour through Texas to play at the blueberry festival.”

Performance schedules for the three stages are available in the Texas Blueberry Festival events listing at

For more information about the Texas Blueberry Festival, presented by Brookshire Brothers, call the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce at 936-560-5533 or the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-888-OLDEST TOWN. For a complete schedule of events and other festival details including event registration forms, go to


About Cowboy Max and Jack Dagger

Shelby Bond (Cowboy Max) has been touring the world for the past decade and has performed live for over 600,000 people. He has entertained at events like the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sacramento’s Railroad Days, Canadian Fringe Festivals, The Texas Blueberry Festival, and scores of other venues. He’s a graduate of “The Second City Conservatory” studying improvisational comedy. In addition, Shelby works in film and television and has numerous credits, including many national commercials, appearances in Mona Lisa Smile, “Home Improvement,” Jay and Silent Bob Strike BackI Am Sam, and even guest hosting “Love Line.”

Todd Abrams (Jack Dagger) Todd Abrams (Jack Dagger) is the world champion knife thrower and has been featured on “The Tonight Show,” “Bones,” “Monk,” and “The History Channel.” He is an inductee in the International Knife Throwers Hall of Fame and recognized the world over as the top of his field. He is often brought in as an expert for film and TV but his specialty is live performance and he has done hundreds of shows, including a season as the main stage performer at Knott’s Berry Farm as well as stage and street shows across the States and Canada. He was also named one of People Magazine’s Sexiest Men of the Year 2008.

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