CASA Kids Cupcake Contest at blueberry festival – Introducing the new cooking competition just for kids

     Child contestants can present 12 decorated cupcakes with blueberries as the inspiration; in fact, blueberries must be incorporated in either the decoration or recipe. Judges will consider originality, taste and presentation. Entry fee is $5, and age categories are: 4-6 yrs.; 7-9 yrs.; 10-12 yrs. and 13-16 yrs.

Blue Pies Smiling at Me Pie Eating Contest contestants dive in head first in pies made with fresh blueberries from Hayter Mill Creek Farm. More pie eating competitions will be at the 23rd annual Texas Blueberry Festival presented by Brookshire Brothers, Saturday, June 9 in downtown Nacogdoches. (Photo by Bruce R. Partain)

     The event will be held in the new downtown location for CASA of Deep East Texas, 155 E. Main St. – a main thoroughfare for guests attending the 23rd annual Texas Blueberry Festival presented by Brookshire Brothers set for Saturday, June 9.

     “Contestants are asked to be here with their cupcake entries by 10:30 a.m. in order to be judged,” said Shannon Samuelson-Reeves, CASA volunteer supervisor. “All contestants will receive a blueberry chef’s apron. Winners in each category will receive a blueberry chef’s hat and a blueberry first place ribbon.”

     During the festival day, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., CASA will also offer all children a place to create and enjoy their own blueberry-sweet treats at the Kids Cupcake Decorating Booth. “A nominal fee of $1 for a cupcake will put a cupcake, icing and blueberry theme decorations in their little hands with big imaginations,” Samuelson-Reeves said. “Look for the Blueberry Lemonade Stand too!”

     Many other friendly competitions will be at the festival. They are:

Running of the Blueberries 5K Run/Walk benefiting Dog Park Nacogdoches. 7:30 a.m. at the Coy Simms Softball Fields, 801-Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Event is produced by the Healthy Nacogdoches Coalition.

Blue Washer Board Tournament begins at 11 a.m. in FestivalPlaza just south of downtown. Sign up early at NacogdochesRecreationCenter, 1112 North St. Registration dates are May 9 – June 7. Sponsor is City of Nacogdoches Parks and Recreation Dept.

Blue Threads Costume Contest is for children. Registration begins at 9:45 a.m. in the downtown CBTx lobby. Sponsors are NacogdochesMedicalCenter and Commercial Bank of Texas.

Paul Kendrick Memorial 42 Tourney held in the Nacogdoches County Courthouse Annex located on W. Main St., west of courthouse. Sanctioned by the National 42 Players and the International Players Association. Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. and tournament begins at 9 a.m. Sponsors are Encompass Home Health and Nacogdoches Master Gardeners.

Blueberry Pie Contest will be at the downtown square, 200 E. Main St., in front of the VisitorsCenter. The registration form is available at or check with your local Brookshire Brothers store. Entries accepted no later than 10 a.m. (See the Brookshire Brothers’ special rules). At 2 p.m., winners announced and prizes are Brookshire Brothers gift cards for $150, $300 and $500.

Blue Pies Smiling at Me Pie Eating Contest has registration at the event located at the corner of Pilar and Pecan streets in front of City Hall. Contests run from noon to 2:30 p.m. Sponsors are Brookshire Brothers, Hayter Mill Creek Farm, Sam’s Club, Texas Farm Products and BancorpSouth.

     The Texas Blueberry Festival presented by Brookshire Brothers is produced by the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce. For more information about the Texas Blueberry Festival, call the chamber at 936-560-5533 or the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-888-OLDEST TOWN. For a complete schedule of events and other festival details including event registration forms, go to

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