Whitesbog Blueberry Festival- 2015

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“Dad, this is a beanbag game!” “Oh, I know that. Hold still!”

32nd Annual Whitesbog Blueberry Festival
June 27, 2015
whitesbog.org

Unfortunately, my canoe trip had to be cancelled this weekend due to storm damage from last week.  Happily, that meant we got to go to the Whitesbog Blueberry Festival instead!  As three of you may remember, I went to Whitesbog for the first time back in April, so I was happy to be back with the family along.  The day featured booths of local history (woodworking, spinning, etc), displays by local organizations (The Pres’s favorite by far was Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, even if he wouldn’t touch the snake), presentations by a number of experts (the Pres loved the snake guy… I sense a pattern developing here), lots of local music, and wagon rides and guided walks throughout Whitesbog’s historical village.  The rain didn’t dampen anyone’s enthusiasm, and we had a really good time.

Bussing from the parking area to the festival.  Very impressed on how the buses navigated the narrow dikes they drove on!

Bussing from the parking area to the festival. Very impressed on how the buses navigated the narrow dikes they drove on!

The boys (and Dad) were fascinated by the Pinelands Antique Engines Association.  There weren't as many out as I've seen at the Batsto Country Living Fair, but that was probably due to the rain.  This dinosaur that snorted steam was their favorite.

The boys (and Dad) were fascinated by the Pinelands Antique Engines Association. There weren’t as many out as I’ve seen at the Batsto Country Living Fair, but that was probably due to the rain. This dinosaur that snorted steam was their favorite.

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One shoots bubbles.  Tree Rider loved that one.

One shoots bubbles. Tree Rider loved that one.

 

They also have a building at Whitesbog.

They also have a building at Whitesbog.

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Many of the historic buildings were also open to see.

Many of the historic buildings were also open to see.

Some very, very open.

Some very, very open.

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There was music throughout the day on the stage.

There was music throughout the day on the stage.

But The Pres was more infatuated with the Greater Pinelands Dulcimer Society, who were jamming under the porch of the general store. - www.gpdsonline.com/

But The Pres was  infatuated with the Greater Pinelands Dulcimer Society, who were jamming under the porch of the general store. – http://www.gpdsonline.com/

There were tons of displays to look at.

There were tons of displays to look at.

Like craftsmen.

Like craftsmen.

The favorite for the day, though, was definitely  Cedar Run with the animals.

The favorite for the day, though, was definitely Cedar Run with the animals.

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There were a few indoor presentations as well, like this one on Elizabeth White.

There were a few indoor presentations as well, like this one on Elizabeth White.

Overall, we had a great time.  We didn’t risk the wagon tours with the kids in the rain (if they decided they were unhappy, it would have been not fun for everyone on the ride), but that’ll give us something to look forward to for next time!

Leaving through the bogs!

Leaving through the bogs!

 

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