At Goldwasser Park in Alma.
Preliminary festival events start with the blueberry cooking contest which is scheduled for Saturday (May 21) at 10:30 a.m. at the Bacon County Extension Office. It is sponsored by Jay’s IGA.
All cooks are invited to prepare their favorite blueberry recipe and join the fun. There is a youth division as well as the adult competition. Prizes are given to both groups.
The blueberry veterans lunch will be held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, with a special meal for Bacon County veterans at the VFW Building scheduled at noon.
The blueberry gospel concert, which features two popular gospel groups, Freedom Quartet and Trinity’s Call, plus Derick Pindroh, popular minister of music from First Baptist Church, will be held at the Bacon Theater on Tuesday, May 31, starting at 7 p.m. This free event is sponsored by Richmond Baking.
The festival proper opens Friday, June 3, at 1 p.m. with leading dignitaries speaking. The discussion will be agriculture related, especially about blueberries.
The 5-K run starts at 7 a.m. Saturday, June 4. The event draws people from neighboring states as well as all over Georgia.
The blueberry pancake breakfast, sponsored by Alma Lion’s Club, will start at 7 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at the 10th Street Church of God.
Austin Park Band, an upcoming popular group, will perform at Goldwasser park at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 4. There is no charge for this event.
Anyone wishing to participate in the blueberry parade should be at the Bacon County Elementary School at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 4. The parade starts at 9:30 a.m.
At noon on Saturday, June 4, the annual blueberry pie eating contest for all ages will be held.
Entertainment will be provided on both stages both Friday and Saturday.
Water slides along with other inflatables, rides, games and entertainment will be available for children. Events and vendors will be located all the way to U.S. 1.
“Come and taste our fresh blueberries, buy blueberries and plants from the 4-H students, and other blueberry items from many vendors. We have our own book, ‘Hi, I’m Billy Blueberry — This Is My Story’ available at the Farm Bureau tent,” said Sara Walker, who has worked with the festival for 10 years.
The Bacon County Recreation Department is sponsoring two girl softball tournaments on Saturday.
The Civil War re-enactors will be at the recreation department with a battle at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 4, and a cannon firing show at 9 p.m.
Enactors will be available all day, inviting people to visit their camp sites, and Valerie Cox, Camp Doctor, will be there to show how the soldiers were treated. She has collected authentic medical instruments for more than 30 years.
The Indians will be back this year to demonstrate Indian arts, crafts and war instruments. On Friday, June 3, visitors can see their living history of this country in the 1860-1864 years.
“We’re looking forward to having one of the best festivals ever, if not the best one — so put it on your calendar to be in Alma June 3 and 4 to enjoy all the events,” said Walker.