Photo: Tessa Atkinson, far right, leads the ponies while children enjoy the rides at the Texas Blueberry Festival presented by Brookshire Brothers. The East Texas Horse Rescue & Sanctuary and the Nacogdoches County Exposition Center will have the pony rides and petting zoo again at the festival, Saturday, June 11, in Festival Plaza, just south of the brick streets in historic downtown Nacogdoches. (Photo by Bruce R. Partain)
Blueberry festival fun for kids, pets
by Katherine Gurley, Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce intern
All family members including children and four-legged furry friends will have blue mountains of fun at the Texas Blueberry Festival, presented by Brookshire Brothers, held downtown, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday, June 11. Many of the festival’s activities are designed to keep children busy and pets happy throughout the day.
The True Blue Pet Parade sponsored by Best Water Store and Nacogdoches Animal Services, now at a new time, begins with registration at 9:30 a.m. in front of Wrap It Up in the 400 block on Main St. and the parade will begin at 10 a.m.
Water slides and water play will be available for all ages at the Kids Get Wet Water and Bounce Park organized by Maury Littleton, executive coordinator of the children’s activities at the festival and owner of Party’N Things. “Children ages 5-years and younger will also have free-of-charge access to the bouncers which will be located at the kids’ craft area,” said Littleton. The water park requires either individual tickets for $2 each or unlimited play arm-bands for $10.
There are more free activities for the children to enjoy.
The Kroger Craft Corner will give children the opportunity to express their inner artist talents with coloring, drawing and designing creative crafts. “The Big Blue Mural sponsored by Sam’s Club and Consolidated Communications allows children to paint away with their imaginations,” said Littleton.
Children will have the opportunity to participate in the Blue Boot Camp sponsored by Healthy Nacogdoches Coalition. “It’s a free event for children 12 and under, and entertainment for participants and spectators,” said event coordinator Derek Head. “From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., children will run the boot camp obstacle course.”
All may enjoy the Too Blue Petting Zoo sponsored by East Texas Horse Rescue and Sanctuary and Nacogdoches County Exposition Center with horses, ponies, goats, mini horses, llamas, dogs and baby ducks and chicks. Pony rides available for a nominal fee. Nacogdoches Animal Shelter will bring adoptable animals.
The Blue Threads Costume Contest begins at 9:45 a.m. with registration in the Commercial Bank of Texas lobby, a 10:15 parade around the square and awards announced around 10:45 on the Plaza Principal Stage behind the downtown Visitor’s Center. Event sponsors are Nacogdoches Medical Center and CBTx.
The family-friendly festival also offers for moms a clean, quiet, private breastfeeding room in the downstairs area of the downtown visitor’s center at 200 E. Main St.
The Texas Blueberry Festival is a production of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce. For more information visit the festival’s web site at TexasBlueberryFestival.com or call (936) 560-5533. The festival is a Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful litter-free event.