JASPER — The Wild Blackberry Festival returns to downtown Jasper on Saturday.
The festival, celebrating its ninth year, will include some new faces when it opens at 8 a.m. at the City Park at 205 Hatley St. East.
Cindy Eatmon, a festival organizer, said there will be an increased number of vendors attending this year’s festival and there is also an addition geared towards the children in attendance.
“I’m very excited,” Eatmon said about the festival. “We’re growing. We’ll have more vendors than we’ve had in a long time.
“We’re going to have a little honey bee costume here stressing the importance of bees to our blackberries.”
Oh, there will be plenty of blackberries as well. The blackberry pancake breakfast will be served from 8-10 a.m. The festival will also feature fresh blackberries, fresh homemade blackberry cobblers, fresh blackberry lemonade, blackberry plants and jams and jellies.
The festival will also feature a classic car show, children’s games and the fun run/walk, which is also slated to begin at 8 a.m.
Starting at 10 a.m., Teddy “MacElvis” MacMullen and The Legends will provide entertainment in the part, all the way until the festival winds down at 1 p.m.
Eatmon also said with the festival back at the City Park, it switched back to the park last year due to rainy weather after being held at Heritage Village for several years, she is hopeful some drive-by traffic will stop in as well.
“It really is the ideal location,” she said, adding she hopes for even bigger things next year for the 10th anniversary.