Blueberry wranglin' and round up at festival
Posted 06 - 07 - 2009
The 20th Annual Texas Blueberry Festival, presented by Brookshire Brothers from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Saturday, June 13, in downtown Nacogdoches will feature a new entertainment act certain to thrill all ages. Wooly-chap-wearing Cowboy Max will mesmerize festival guests with his Western charm, reminiscent of Will Rogers and other old-time Hollywood cowboys. "I'm pleased as punch to be coming to the Texas Blueberry Festival," Cowboy Max said. "In fact, you might say I'm happy as a boll weevil in a cotton patch to be coming to Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas." Cowboy Max will be seen entertaining hungry folks standing in line, waiting for the hot, blueberry pancakes. He will then perform in the Commercial Bank of Texas lobby at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. All Cowboy Max festival performances are free of charge. "At the Blueberry Festival I'll do the joke crackin', trick ropin', bullwhippin' comedy show that I've performed all over the world — from Scotland to Australia and from Canada to California," Cowboy Max said. "During the show, I'll deputize someone from the audience to help me with the perilous bullwhip finale. I sure hope I can find someone brave enough to be my sidekick for that." After the CBTx lobby performances, he will roam the brick streets and Festival Plaza areas, roping and wrangling blueberries that have strayed from the herd. "I'm a blueberry wrangler from way back. Why, I remember the golden days of the blueberry drives, where we'd herd those blueberries all the way across the Old West, from Tombstone to Dodge City. There are only three things I like more than being out on the range — I like cookin', and I like eatin', and even more than those two, I like cookin' and eatin' blueberries. And I'll hog-tie anybody who tries to horn-swaggle me out of a blueberry pancake. Yeee haw!" said Cowboy Max. The Texas Blueberry Festival will also feature three separate stages showcasing more than 20 different acts of live entertainment throughout the festival day. From the Plaza Principal Stage, located at Pilar and Pecan streets behind the Convention and Visitors Bureau, expect to hear the sounds of folk, country, contemporary Christian, Celtic, Americana and a taste of rock. Performers on the Plaza Principal stage will be Jon Hall, Karen McGarrett, Caitlyn Brette, Spoken For, Katie Mariah, Paul Martinez, Cindy Grayson and Darcy. An eclectic group of talent will perform on the Main Street Stage at the corner of Mound and Main streets. Bands and entertainers ranging from Americana to '70s soft rock to acoustic Indie will perform on the Main Street stage. Performers on the Main Street stage include J.P. Calloway, Bo Miller, Christie Cook, Ryan Davis, Roman Satur, Joseph Reyna, Morgan and Chloe Cook and Danger Room. In Festival Park, just south of downtown, enjoy live performances on the Fredonia Rotary stage. Ally Fuller will start the morning off singing her favorite Americana gospel, and the Twirlerettes and the Boys and Girls Clubs Gymnastics team will follow. "The Blue Pies Smiling at Me Pie Eating Contest will again be held on the stage in Festival Plaza," said Sherry Banks, chamber administrative assistant and festival-event organizer. "Anyone can enter, free of charge, in either the adult or children contests that will begin around 11 a.m. and end at 2 p.m." Bluegrass entertainers Buffalograss and alternative Christian rock band Considered Rubbish will provide the music accompaniment to the rounds of blueberry pie eating competitions. Brittany Pierre and Zoe Suntribo will wrap up the Festival Plaza stage entertainment schedule. All stage schedules are posted online. Go to TexasBlueberryFestival.com for entertainment performers' times and stages and blueberry festival event information, or call the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce at 560-5533. Schedule and performers are subject to change. The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, in coordination with numerous sponsors, produces the Texas Blueberry Festival. The festival is a litter-free event compliments of Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful. About the Cowboy Max Show The Cowboy Max Show is a reflection of an era gone by of Southern charm, and Western wit. It's an old-fashioned, action-packed spectacle that will bring to mind simpler times and let you cheer the good guy without hesitation. So feast your eyes on Cowboy Max and you will see how the West was fun. For more Cowboy Max Show information, go to CowboyMaxShow.com.