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Red, White & Blueberry Festival in Ocean Springs experiences sweet success

The event is now in its 10th year. Many in the crowd traveled from Alabama, Florida and Louisiana to be a part of the food and fun. (Photo source: WLOX) The event is now in its 10th year. Many in the crowd traveled from Alabama, Florida and Louisiana to be a part of the food and fun. (Photo source: WLOX)
The vendors said sales have been booming because there are so many blueberry fans and what they have to offer is delicious. (Photo source: WLOX) The vendors said sales have been booming because there are so many blueberry fans and what they have to offer is delicious. (Photo source: WLOX)
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -

Ethan Goggans loves blueberries.

“They are tasty,” Goggans said.

Dale Sleasman is also a fan of the fruit.

“Fresh, sweet and juice.”

Goggans is from Hattiesburg and Sleasman, Vancleave. They are two of the nearly 40 vendors who participated in the Red, White & Blueberry Festival in Ocean Springs Saturday.

“We are selling our blueberries and our blackberry lemonade,” said Goggans

“We have blueberry nut pound cakes, regular blueberries; we have a blueberry cinnamon roll,” said Sleasman.

The vendors said sales have been booming because there are so many blueberry fans and what they have to offer is delicious.

“I tell everybody they can taste all the other blueberries and most of them comeback and buy ours,” Goggans said.

Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce Event and Public Relations Manager Cynthia Sutton said summer festivals like this one help encourage people to and spend their money locally.

“The Ocean Springs Fresh Market is a partner to this event, so they have local fresh growers; we have six to eight blueberry growers here. It is important to support our local farmers because they are the ones who help us to have healthy meals, fresh produce,” said Sutton.

The event is now in its 10th year. Many in the crowd traveled from Alabama, Florida and Louisiana to be a part of the food and fun.

“It has grown substantially over the last ten years. This event was created just as family friendly small community event just to generate a little more activity to town, and we have grown to 300 cups of ice cream given away with blueberries to last year it was more than 5,000 that came out. Every year it keeps growing in new in different ways,” Sutton said.

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