Thursday, August 18, 2022

Burgaw’s annual Blueberry Festival canceled

BURGAW — Burgaw’s annual Blueberry Festival will skip out on another year, according to festival officials. The festival chair announced the summertime celebration will not return until June 18, 2022.

“This decision is very difficult to make, but we do it to keep our vendors, volunteers and visitors safe,” said Pete Cowan, Blueberry Festival sponsorship chair. “The Blueberry Festival Board has looked at this from all sides; and we cannot get around the fact that the festival attracts over 40,000 people and current state mandates on outdoor gatherings just won’t allow us to hold the festival.”

The 17-year festival welcomes folks to share in arts and crafts, live entertainment, and especially purchase homemade baked goods all in celebration of the spring and summertime crop. Local farmers join the festivities and sell blueberries as well.

To show support to the farmers, the festival has decided to hosts pop-up events on the Burgaw Courthouse Square, including one on Saturday, June 19, 2021. 

“These sponsor-farms have been with us from the very beginning, and we want to help them get their berries to the public,” Cowan said.

The NC Blueberry Festival Association also will host festival-themed events into the fall and participate in Burgaw’s annual Blueberry Drop on New Year’s Eve.

More details about other themed events will be announced as Covid-19 mandates continue to lift, according to Gov. Cooper’s orders.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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