July 12, 2014

LENOIR, NC –The North Carolina Blackberry Festival celebrates its thirteenth year in downtown Lenoir on           July 12, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. In addition to artisian crafts, and food, the event organizers will attempt to piece together enough blackberry cobblers to make one of the biggest patchwork blackberry cobblers in America.

“In Caldwell County, blackberries are a part of everyday life,” explains Deborah Ashley Smith, President/CEO of Caldwell Chamber of Commerce. “Blackberry cobblers and jam are a strong part of our local heritage.”  We invite cooks from everywhere to enter our Recipe Contests.  In fact there are many ways folks can get involved.

The Blackberry Shuffle 5K and Fun Run will kick off the event early Saturday morning and the Blackberry Princess Pageant begins at 10 a.m.  For those with iron stomachs, a Blackberry Eating contest will offer cash prizes at  11:30 a.m. The contest is sponsored by Killdeer Farms and Servpro of Alexander and Caldwell Counties and is free to the first 10 registrants. The winner will be determined by who can eat a quart of blackberries the fastest.

After the presentation of colors at noon, the Colossal Cobbler Parade begins at 12:30 p.m.  We’re hoping for over 200 cobblers for a quilt of cobblers this year.  Children and their parents will march down Main Street to present the cobblers.  Over 1,500 servings of cobbler will be severed FREE from the final patchwork of cobblers, while supplies last.  It will be a BERRY good time!

A wide selection of music will hit the main stage throughout the day along with a children’s area. Food vendors will be available but make sure to save room for blackberry ice cream and smoothies. For more information, visit www.NCBlackberryFestival.com.

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Contact:

Caldwell Chamber of Commerce
1909 Hickory Blvd, SE
Lenoir, NC 28645
828-726-0616
Contact Libby Killian