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.”
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The Got Lobstah Maine seafood truck was one of the vendors the Blueberry Festival in downtown Brooksville.
Amiya McKoy, 16 months, chilled with her buddy, Nyhem Walker, 6, after competing in the Brooksville Blueberry Festival Miss Blueberry Pageant.
Deborah Lurie of The Butterfly Encounter explains how to feed the winged insects before giving each child a feeder dipped in sugar water. “We smell with our noses,” she explained. “Butterflies smell with their feet.” Participants then entered the tent, where a group of butterflies fluttered around several potted plants or rested along the webbed tent windows. When gently introduced to the feeding sticks, they would climb on and eat. The free Butterfly Encounter free was sponsored by Terlep Chiropractic.
Delisa Silva, 22, from St. Petersburg was crowned the 2019 Brooksville Blueberry Festival Miss Blueberry.
Gabriel Ledbetter feeds a monarch butterfly by gently touching its feet with the prepared stick.