The 2019 Brooksville Blueberry Festival, held April 27 and 28, more than doubled its size in vendors from 80 to 180. It is estimated that more than 30,000 visitors enjoyed the two-day festival that resulted in:

• $8,000 raised for Hernando High School Band selling blueberry shortcake.

• $4,000 raised by Highpoint Lions Club selling blueberry pie.

• $1,600 was raised for The Main Street Christmas event selling blueberry cheesecake.

• $3,820 parking cars by the Kiwanis

• $3,500 was raised by the Marine Corps League Detachment 708.

“Let's give these folks a big congratulations,” said John Lee, owner of Coney Island Drive-Inn and Brooksville Blueberry Festival organizer. “This is how it's done when a small town works together.”