1. The blueberries. This year marks the 32nd annual Red, White & Blueberry festival, Hammonton’s celebration of patriotism and the town’s greatest export: blueberries. Touting its status as the “Blueberry Capital of the World,” Hammonton throws this beloved festival around the Fourth of July every year. It takes place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 24, on the grounds of Hammonton High School. There’s a lot to the Blueberry Festival, but the main draw is right in the name — the blueberries. Blueberry plants, blueberry cannolis, blueberry pies, crates of fresh blueberries and so much more will be on hand.
2. The food. For something a little more filling, check out the other food vendors participating in the festival. Vendors include J-Dogs, Cape May Crab Cake Factory, Pete’s Italian Ice, Denny’s Dogs and more. Plus, come early to participate in the Hammonton Kiwanis Club’s annual blueberry pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the festival grounds.
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3. The music. Performances will take place throughout the day, with DJ Nicky G kicking things off from 10 a.m. to noon. Then, Blueberry Festival favorite Stealing Savanah will take the stage from 12:15 to 1 p.m., returning for a second set at 2 p.m. Stealing Savanah is one of the most sought-after cover bands in South Jersey, playing a crowd-pleasing mix of songs from all genres and generations.
4. The vendors. The Blueberry Festival is also known for its rows and rows of craft vendors. Over 40 will participate this year, including Country Crafts, Moore Sauces by Leslie, Pawesome Pups, Shirley Sews, The Vintage Vail and Leh Soap Works, so you can stock up on everything from dog biscuits to candles.
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5. The entertainment. New this year to the entertainment lineup is an attempt to break the world record for most mini-cannolis eaten. World-record-holding competitive eater Carmen Cincotti will be there to attempt to shove as many of the little delicacies in his mouth as possible in 6 minutes at 1 p.m. The annual blueberry pie eating contest will take place afterwards at 1:30 p.m. Jugglers, balloon artists, magicians, stilt-walkers and more will also be there to keep the kids entertained.