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Blueberry Festival kicks off in Burgaw

Bob Townsend and Ed Emory with the NC Cooperative Extension Service Bob Townsend and Ed Emory with the NC Cooperative Extension Service
Bob Townsend and Ed Emory with the NC Cooperative Extension Service Bob Townsend and Ed Emory with the NC Cooperative Extension Service
BURGAW -- Starting Friday, the streets of Burgaw will be choked with people, all clamoring for blueberries.

"I'd say it's the single most exciting day in Burgaw, next to Christmas of course," says resident John Westbrook.

That excitement stems from all the blueberry creations made for the annual Blueberry Festival. This year, it's a two-day event held Friday and Saturday.

The festival started Friday morning.  WECT anchor Bob Townsend was live from the Courthouse Square in Burgaw during Carolina in the Morning.

The festival consists of a variety of entertainment and, of course, all the blueberry treats you can eat.

John Westbrook works at the Burgaw Antiqueplace and features blueberry cheesecake fudge, a once-a-year offering.  Thirty pounds of the stuff was sold last year.  And you can wash down the fudge with blueberry cream coffee.

A few thousand people live in Burgaw.  During the Blueberry Festival, the crowds surge to four or five times that.

And all the blue means green for the local economy, in what this year is a bumper crop for blueberries.  Last year's Easter freeze is a distant memory.

Blueberries will leave smiles on a lot of faces, no matter how you choose to celebrate the festival with thousands of your closest friends.

 

Reported by Joe Keiley

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