Thursday, June 22, 2017

34th Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival - June 24 - 25, 2017

34th Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival
Saturday and Sunday, June 24 - 25, 2017

Come celebrate the kickoff to blueberry harvest season with two days filled with food, crafts, history, games and live entertainment brought to you by the Whitesbog Preservation Trust. New this year you can take a spin in front of the music stage with country dancing and add your own flair to our new Whitesbog mural painting in the Family Activities area. All ages welcome.

Whitesbog Historic Village
GPS: 799 Lakehurst Rd., Browns Mills, NJ 08015
Pemberton Township, Burlington County
Hours: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Saturday and Sunday

Get your blueberry on with selections of pies, cakes, muffins, donuts, fritters, and more at our baked goods table. The General Store will also offer blueberry ice cream, sundaes, and cold drinks. Also enjoy:
★ Brother Bear BBQ
★ Rita’s Water Ice
★ Big Daddy’s Chicken and Ribs
★ 3 Guys Rolling Pies Pizza

Over 35 artists and crafters booths will line the festival grounds including Little Critter Illustrations, Little House Candles and, keeping our blueberries rolling are, Blueberry Fields Artisan Soap and Blueberry Wood Apiary. Also participate at our kid’s crafting tables and mural painting with artist Frank McShane’s Whitesbog Mural Paint By Number.

Show off your country spirit with The Festival Barn Dance featuring traditional square and contra dances, suitable for families, teenagers, and adults of all ages. Our caller, Sue Dupre, will teach the dances, and The Accidental Jug Band will play exciting old-timey fiddle tunes for your dancing pleasure. No dance experience and no partners are needed. Folk, country, rock, Irish and traditional bands will play the main stage and the Blueberry Jam side stage. Play family field games including cornhole, horseshoes, blueberry balloon toss and more. Wagon rides include trips out to the blueberry field for picking and guided rides to learn more about the history and ecology of the village.

Visit the home of The Blueberry Queen Elizabeth Coleman White with guided tours of Suningive House. The Pinelands Antique Engine Club will show tractors and a displays of cars and engines along Whitesbog Road. The Cranberry and Blueberry Museum, the Interpretive Cottage, the Whitesbog Gallery, the General Store and the Ice House will all be open to explore and learn more about the 1900’s era cranberry farm village. 16 local bands will perform live on our stage! Hear the sounds of bluegrass, country, the blues, folk and more from performers such as:
★ The Accidental Jug Band
★ Bad Dogz
★ The Pinelands Dulcimer Society
★ Elaine & The Cimarron Sky Band
★ Song Sisters
★ Tabernacle Turnpike


Local blueberries, pints, and flats will be available for purchase from our neighbor the Walter Adams Farm. You’ll find collectible festival t-shirts, postcards, prints, blueberry jams, local honey, chocolate-covered blueberries, old fashioned candy and toys, and more handcrafted local goods in our General Store.

Handicapped and motorcycle parking is available in the village parking lot. Please note that our village roads and walkways are sandy. Courtesy shuttle will be provided for pick up/drop off to and from remote parking. Please be aware there are no ATM’s in the village, but the General Store and Baked Goods/Plant Sale areas will take credit cards. $10 Festival Pass per carload of visitors (pack ‘em in there!) which includes $10 off of a membership with the Whitesbog Preservation Trust. Pedestrians and bicycles are $5 each. Cash only please.


The 34th Annual Blueberry Festival sponsors include Geoscape Solar, Renewal by Andersen, Central Jersey Equipment, White Dotte Dairy Bar, Beneficial Bank, Gutter Helmet, Pine Island Cranberry Company, Luxury Bath, and J. W. Jenkins and Sons Drilling. Funding is made possible in part by the New Jersey Council on 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. All proceeds benefit the ongoing restoration of Whitesbog Historic Village and the educational programs offered to the community by the Whitesbog Preservation Trust. For more information please visit www.whitesbog.org or www.facebook.com/whitesbog.preservationtrust.


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