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30th ANNUAL WHITESBOG BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2013

HISTORIC WHITESBOG VILLAGE, BROWNS MILLS, NJ

The Best Country Festival in Southern Jersey

Celebrating the Centennial Anniversary of Elizabeth C. White’s

Pioneering Work to Cultivate the Highbush Blueberry

Media Advisory:

Contact: Susan Phillips, Executive Director

Whitesbog Preservation Trust, 120-34 Whitesbog Road, Browns Mills, NJ 08015

Phone: (609) 893-4646

Fax: (609) 893-8297

Email: whitesbogpreservationtrust@comcast.net

(April 10, 2013, Browns Mills, NJ). The 30th ANNUAL WHITESBOG BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL is just around the corner, Saturday, June 29, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Historic Whitesbog Village. This annual celebration of all things blueberry – the official state fruit of New Jersey – is considered to be one of the finest “old-fashioned” festivals in the tri-state region. The Festival features the pioneering work of Whitesbog’s own Elizabeth C. White to domesticate the very first blueberry, traditional Pinelands musicians, artists and crafters, fantastic festival food, wagon and walking tours, lectures, Living History actors, demonstrations and dozens of children’s activities will all be featured at the day-long festival. But the real star of the show is, of course, the blueberries!

This year, we are celebrating the Whitesbog Preservation Trust’s 30 Anniversary along with the Centennial of the Blueberry, with a Special Art Project that features the blueberry (New Jersey’s State Fruit), the cranberry industry, Whitesbog’s rich agricultural heritage and the New Jersey Pine Barrens’ natural resources. This special exhibit will include Whitesbog’s cranberry-label collection along with cranberry-labels banners as barn art, blueberry sculpture, Pinelands photography and a real Jersey Devil, among the various school entries.

Top attractions at the day-long festival include fifty of the Pinelands best crafters and an “artists row” featuring fine art and photography, a Model-T exhibit, Pinelands Antique Engine Association’s displays, Living History tours and interactive experiences festival goers can enjoy throughout the day. For the children, activities such as the outrageously fun blueberry pie-eating contest, a hunt for the Jersey Devil, face painting, hands-on crafts, traditional games and blueberry picking, will keep the young ones entertained all day. Live bluegrass music by Home Cookin’, the Basement Musicians, the Bad Dogz, Clan Suibhne, Valerie Vaughn and others will provide the perfect atmosphere for the festival, which the Burlington County Times has described as “a reminder that good old country life is alive and well” in the region.

The Pinelands, New Jersey’s blueberry and cranberry industries and our region’s rich history intersect in delicious ways in this corner of the state. History buffs can tour explore Whitesbog’s agricultural

museum, visit the newly restored Cranberry Research Substation and tour a cottage that depicts what life was like for Whitesbog’s workers in the 1920s and shop in Whitesbog’s authentic General Store. Fresh fruit enthusiasts will delight in picking their own blueberries at the celebration. Whitesbog is

home to the world’s oldest test fields for domesticated blueberries, which will be open at the Blueberry Festival to give people an opportunity to experience firsthand a bit of our State’s agricultural history.

The 30th Annual Blueberry Festival is scheduled on Saturday, June 29 from 10AM to 4PM. Parking is $8.00 per car. $5 per person arriving by foot, bike or bus. All proceeds benefit the Whitesbog Preservation Trust in their continuing efforts to restore and interpret Historic Whitesbog Village and the surrounding Pinelands. Parking is set on the Whitesbog airstrip – a 2-minute drive from the festival grounds. Shuttle buses bring visitors from this remote parking area to the village throughout the day. Handicapped parking is also available with the appropriate handicapped placard.

The Annual Blueberry Festival’s “funding is made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts through a grant to the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders”. This important grant supports a special Centennial Art Project, pays musicians’ fees and promotional expenses. The Whitesbog Preservation Trust is proud to receive this special project grant from the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

The Whitesbog Preservation Trust also thanks the New Jersey Historical Commission for their general operating support of our operations and special projects, and the many sponsors that make the annual Blueberry Festival possible. Every year the generosity of our sponsors ensures the success of the Blueberry Festival and the continued restoration of an important piece of New Jersey history. All festival proceeds benefit the Whitesbog Preservation Trust’s on-going efforts to restore, protect and interpret Historic Whitesbog Village. Whitesbog is administered by the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Parks and Forestry as part of Brendan T. Byrne State Forest.

Historic Whitesbog Village, 120 N. Whites Bogs Road, Browns Mills, New Jersey 08015

Whitesbog is located at mile marker 13 on County Route 530, (Pemberton Township) NJ.

For information and directions:

Telephone (609) 893-4646

Email: WhitesbogPreservationTrust@comcast.net,

Visit our Website: www.whitesbog.org

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