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A Great American Festival – red, white and blueberry all the way

By Tami Stevenson

Four-year-old Ashlynn Stivey is determined to make that bell ring! Her cousin, three year old Bryce Geiger won a blow up bat moments before while another cousin, Azura Doyle, four, formulates her strategy while waiting for her turn with the big mallet at the 19th annual Blueberry Festival Saturday.
-Photo: Brie Stevenson

As festivals go the Blueberry Festival in Wellborn is one of the most all American, fun loving, heart of the south festivals left in our modern day world. Beautiful weather accommodated the crowds which seemed even larger this year at the 19th annual Blueberry Festival Saturday, June 2. The Wellborn Community Association’s largest 2-day event of the year draws thousands to the quiet little community.

The weather was warm and sunny with no rain for the 2012 Blueberry Festival. Crowds were steady all day. -Photo: Brie Stevenson

Spectators lined the streets to watch the parade after the old fashioned blueberry pancake breakfast. T. L. (Tommy) Andrews, Jr. was the parade’s Grand Marshal. After the parade it was off to buy plants, home made canned goods, home made pies, cobblers and all sorts of blueberry delights, and arts and crafts with everything in between.

L-R, Ethel McDonald, owner of Marie’s Home Canning and her sister Ellinor Wiggins busy waiting on customers. Ethel McDonald makes the jams and jellies for the Country Store. Being into canning McDonald said, “I like anything with jars.” As you can see from the photo, they have canning jars setting atop wine glass stemware. –Photo: Brie Stevenson

Artist, R.L. Lewis, one of the original Highwaymen, was there painting and exhibiting his art. The Willow Creek Band offered up some great music throughout the day while children enjoyed the many games and activities for kids. Bungie jumping was a big attraction for the not so faint at heart and everyone had a good time.

Swing Fun!

Vacationers Robyn Petter, Jane Bals, Nanna Schubarth
were enjoying the parade. They tried some free food samples earlier and after the parade they said they were going back to buy some.
“Everyone is really friendly here. We’re having a great time.” They said. -Photo: Brie Stevenson

The Willow Creek Band entertained the crowds all day. -Photo: Brie Stevenson

Bake-Off Winners Contest judged by the “Taste Buddies”, Genie Norman and Mary Kay Hollingsworth,
Category 1 (Pies & Cobblers)
First Place: Lovetta Hoard of Fort White, Vetta’s Blueberry Pie
Second Place: Priscilla McDonald of Lake City, Blueberry Cheesecake Pie
Category 2 (Cakes, Muffins, Breads)

First Place: Barb Rogers of Wellborn, Blueberry Ladyfinger Cheesecake
Second Place: Brenda Perla of Lake City, Blueberry Buckle Coffecake

Category 3 (All Others)
First Place: Brenda Perla of Lake City, Blueberry Salad Dressing
Second Place: Janice Pearce of Wellborn, Blueberry Crepes 4th
Parade Winners

Floats - First Place: The Ladies of Luraville
Horses - First Place: Cody Grey
Second Place: Jacob Scott
Third Place: Abigail Corbin
Honorable Mention: Dixie Corbin, Rachel Tullis, Cole Morgan, Beverly Morgan, and a special thank you to the Union County Drill Team
Cars - First Place: Jerry Hale, 1904 Pie Wagon
Second Place: Don Washington, 1940 Cadillac
Third Place: Bill & Connie Knotts, 1929 Forc

Children’s Talent Contest
First Place: Rachel McCormick
Second Place: Chesa Chauncy
Adults’ Talent Contest
First Place: Willow Veda
Second Place: J. R. Hernandez
Third Place: Jessica Johnson

Train ride anyone? -Photo: Brie Stevenson

Marine Corps League was there collecting donations for the wounded warrior program. L-R, Roger Creamer, Walt Russell, Phil Richer, Tom Smith. -Photo: Brie Stevenson

SHS Drumline and Majorettes -Photo: Brie Stevenson

SHS NJROTC carrying the flags in the parade.

The Morocco Roadsters from the Shriners were out squirting water on unsuspecting onlookers! -Photo: Brie Stevenson