About the Blueberry Festival
Jeff Macechak Talks about Whitesbog
Whitesbog Historic Village in New Jersey
2020 Whitesbog Blueberry Festival Info
The Whitesbog Blueberry Festival began in the early 1980’s as a way to raise funds for the preservation of the historic village. What was once a Blueberry Trail Run with a few volunteers selling blueberries and t-shirts blossomed into the wonderful old-fashioned country festival at the start of blueberry season in June each year. Celebrating the Birthplace of the Blueberry, the festival shares local music, artisans, history, farms and the ecology of The Pine Barrens. The funds raised by the festival and the visitors who attend helped save the village! You can help continue the tradition by donating today!
Whitesbog’s Blueberry Festival helps spread funds throughout the community, to farms like Walt Adams Blueberries, Ammon Nursery, Pine Barrens Native Fruits, local artists who sell their wares, designers or the high school art program who print t-shirts, local restaurants and food trucks, musicians, the shuttle bus company, the port-a-potty company, the banner printing company, etc. We spend $25,000 to put on a typical Blueberry Festival and about 98% goes to a local business or individual.
The funds we raise at Blueberry Festival support our education programs, our teachers, our preservation of stories, landscapes, structures, photographs, the culture and history of the Pine Barrens. It can pay for the salaries of two part-time staff, which are deeply needed to continue our work. Help us continue to welcome school students from all over South Jersey (over 4,000 last year!) to learn about the Birthplace of Blueberries!
Blueberry Festival Sponsors
Renewal By Andersen
Irene & Mike Charney
Luxury Bath NJ PA
NJM Insurance Group
JW Jenkins & Sons Well Drilling Inc.
Chesterfield Electric & HVAC
Bath Saver Inc.
Brett & Lise Mainor
Fred + III Blueberry Farm
Our mission is to restore, protect and enhance historic Whitesbog Village, and to preserve and interpret the White family legacy, inspiring audiences of all ages to experience the origins and past innovations of cranberry and blueberry culture and the rich and unique ecology of the NJ Pine Barrens.
Why is the Blueberry Festival Important
Whitesbog’s Blueberry Festival has had a huge impact! Each year the festival attendees raise money for all of the programs and staff in the village, providing open hours for the public, interior maintenance and exhibits, trails, garden upkeep, maps and brochures, activities for children and families and the festival helps highlight the rich culture, music, artists, farmers, ecology and history of the Pine Barrens. Funds help support local blueberry farms, blueberry nurseries and thousands of dollars each year are spent right here in our community (Browns Mills and Pemberton). Festival goers get to see all parts of the historic village, from wagon rides around the cranberry bogs and reservoirs, through the original blueberry fields, down the woodland trails, through the historic worker’s cottages, gallery exhibits, The Cranberry & Blueberry Museum artifacts, the Antique Engine Museum, Suningive House & Gardens (Home of Elizabeth Coleman White), The Barrel Factory, The General Store, The Ice House, The Cranberry Research Station, learning a bit about the history and the importance of this place where blueberries began as a cultivated crop.