Hammonton goes red, white and blueberry
HAMMONTON - People came from miles around to enjoy everything that Hammonton’s 30th annual Red, White and Blueberry Festival had to offer on June 26.
The festival was held on the grounds of Hammonton High School. Visitors who had to park down the road from the festivities were able to use the free air-conditioned jitney services that were provided to transport people from the parking lots to the festival in cool comfort.
Jen Sumers, along with her son Alex Costello, 10, and daughter Julie Costello, 5, attended the event for the first time. “We live in Ocean City and we wanted to try something different,” said Sumers.
The festival included a classic car show. One of the cars in the show was a 1957 Chevy Nomad, which had been entered by sisters Noelle Albertson and Audrey Barbera, along with their mother Kathy Trader.
“We have been coming to the blueberry festival for years. Dad passed away and it was his dream to have the car in the show,” said Albertson. The family made sure the car was fixed up and entered it into the show as soon as they were able to.”
Also at the festival were more than a dozen food trucks, which included Stewarts, The Running Chef and Star of the Sea Seafood.
Children had numerous kiddie rides to enjoy for fun, which included a giant blowup slide and a mini-Ferris wheel.
The real star of the show, however, were the blueberries. There was everything from blueberry lemonade to blueberry cannoli, and people lined up to buy blueberries by the crate.
“The festival is going fabulous,” said John Runfolo, executive director of the Greater Hammonton Chamber of Commerce, as he took a break from the festivities.
One of the bands who provided music at the festival was Stealing Savanah, who played a song from every year that the festival has been celebrated. When the band took a break, a fierce blueberry pie-eating contest erupted in front of the stage. The contestants of the competition were all children, who attacked the pies with gusto.
The Red, White and Blueberry festival was presented by the Hammonton Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with AMI/AtlantiCare. The festival is thrown to celebrate the fruit that has made Hammonton “The Blueberry Capitol of the World.”