Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: June 27, 2015

 

32nd Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival: Old-Fashioned Country Festival Celebrates the Blueberry, Browns Mills, NJ

 

Celebrating the Centennial Anniversary of Elizabeth C. White’s Pioneering Work to Cultivate the Highbush Blueberry.

 

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Browns Mills, New Jersey, June 1, 2015 - The 32nd Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival will take place Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Historic Whitesbog Village, 120 W. Whites Bogs Rd., Browns Mills, NJ. 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 honors the pioneering work of Whitesbog’s own Elizabeth C. White and the USDA’s Dr. Fredrick Coville to domesticate the very first blueberry.

 

Traditional Pinelands musicians, artists and crafters, great 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, the Festival is continuing to celebrate New Jersey’s 350th Anniversary with an expanded Women’s History Trail, with multiple exhibits that will feature many of New Jersey’s legendary women and the historic sites that commemorate their work.  This exciting venue will include exhibits and interpreters from the Smithville Mansion, Peachfield, White Hill, West Hill, and The South Jersey Spinners, along an authentic barrel maker.   
 
Top attractions of the day include forty of the Pinelands best crafters and an “artists row” featuring fine art and photography, an expanded Pinelands Antique Engine display, Living History tours, wagon rides and interactive experiences that festival goers can enjoy throughout the day. Children’s 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 the Basement Musicians, the Bad Dogz, Clan Suibhne, Warm Hearted Country, Ladies Night Out, The Cimarron Sky Band 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."

 

 

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The Pinelands, New Jersey’s blueberry and cranberry industries and the region’s rich history intersect in delicious ways in this corner of the state. History buffs can 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 the State’s agricultural history.
 
Parking is $10.00 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.  A new streamlined traffic pattern has been designed to eliminate traffic congestion, with expanded parking available in the village and on the Whitesbog airstrip – a two-minute drive from the festival grounds.  Shuttle buses bring visitors from this remote parking area to the village throughout the day.

 

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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 the operations and special projects, and the many festival sponsors that make the annual Blueberry Festival possible. 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.

 

For more information visit www.whitesbog.org 

 

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 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Susan Phillips

Email: whitesbogpreservationtrust@comcast.net

Phone: (609) 893-4646

Media Visits: Complimentary media visits for journalists on assignment or with approved credentials. If you are unable to accept a courtesy visit, a press rate can be negotiated.

 

Whitesbog Preservation Trust

120 W. Whites Bogs Road #34, Browns Mills, New Jersey, 08015

Web: www.whitesbog.org

 

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New Jersey, Browns Mills, Event Date: June 27, 2015

32nd Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival: Old-Fashioned Country Festival Celebrates the Blueberry

The 32nd Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival will take place Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Historic Whitesbog Village, 120 W. Whites Bogs Rd., Browns Mills, NJ. 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 honors the pioneering work of Whitesbog’s own Elizabeth C. White and the USDA’s Dr. Fredrick Coville to domesticate the very first blueberry. Traditional Pinelands musicians, artists and crafters, great 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! Top attractions of the day include forty of the Pinelands best crafters and an “artists row” featuring fine art and photography, an expanded Pinelands Antique Engine display, Living History tours, wagon rides and interactive experiences that festival goers can enjoy throughout the day. Parking is $10.00 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. For more information visit www.whitesbog.org 

 

CALENDAR LISTING:

Event Name: Whitesbog Blueberry Festival

Event Date: June 27, 2015

Event Location: Historic Whitesbog Village, 120 W. Whites Bogs Rd., Browns Mills, NJ

Admission: $10.00 donation to the park

Web: www.whitesbog.org

Contact: Susan Phillips, whitesbogpreservationtrust@comcast.net, (609) 893-4646

Description: The 32nd Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival will take place Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Historic Whitesbog Village, 120 W. Whites Bogs Rd., Browns Mills, NJ. 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 honors the pioneering work of Whitesbog’s own Elizabeth C. White and the USDA’s Dr. Fredrick Coville to domesticate the very first blueberry.

 


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