BURGAW – For the past 16 years, the award-winning NC Blueberry Festival has been one of the most widely attended festivals in our state. The Festival attract thousands of visitors annually to showcase the southeast region and celebrate blueberries grown in Bladen, Duplin, New Hanover, Pender and Sampson counties.
In light of the Covid-19 Pandemic warnings from the Federal Government and State of North Carolina, the North Carolina Blueberry Festival Association Board of Directors says it is prudent and necessary to cancel this year’s event scheduled for June 19 – 20, 2020.
“We do so with the safety and wellbeing of our community, visitors, vendors and sponsors being foremost in our mind,” organizers said in an email. “Please know this was not an easy decision. Our festival partners are like family. We realize that cancelling our treasured annual event will impact our blueberry farmers, nonprofit partners, local churches and schools, all of whom look forward to participating all year.”
“Just two years ago Burgaw and Pender County came together to rebuild after Hurricane Florence. We have no doubt our community is strong enough to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic as we all work together to contain this situation. We will be back!”
Planning for the 2021 North Carolina Blueberry Festival is already underway. That event is scheduled for June 18-19, 2021.