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The Whitesbog Blueberry Festival is held annually the fourth Saturday of June at Whitesbog Historical Village in Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, 120-34 Whitesbog Road (off Route 530), Browns Mills NJ. The 2012 date is Saturday, June 23, 2012. $8 per carload, or $3 per person arriving by bus/tour. Pinelands crafters and artists “alley” featuring art, handicrafts, and photography. The Pinelands Antique Engine Association’s displays, as well as walking and wagon tours, are interactive experiences festival goers can enjoy throughout the day. For the children, activities such as the blueberry pie-eating contest will keep the young ones entertained. Live bluegrass music lends the perfect soundtrack to the festival. For more nformation, call 609-893-4646. See photos


The Red, White and Blueberry Festival takes place in Hammonton NJ (blueberry capital of the world!). The 2012 date is Sunday, July 1, from 10AM to 5PM at the Hammonton High School grounds on Old Forks Road, just off Rte 30 (White Horse Pike) in Hammonton. The combination of live music, kiddie rides, arts & crafts, a blueberry bake-off, a fantastic Classic Car Show run by Cruisin’ Classics, incredible food, and of course blueberries in every shape and form has made this day a family favorite for people from all over the Delaware Valley. Once again, admission and parking are free. Expanded trolley rides from remote parking areas will also be available free of charge.


The Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, one of the oldest Italian Festivals in the United States, takes place in Hammonton in July each year. This celebration in honor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel began in the year of 1875 in the home of Antonio Capelli. He, along with a small group of fellow immigrants, prayed in front of a painting of the Virgin Mary and formed a procession in front of the home. They prayed in thanks for their safe journey to America, their successful farming season, and for the blessings and good fortune found in their new home in Hammonton, NJ. The 2012 FEAST runs from July 11 thru 16.


Monday thru Saturday, July 23-28, 2012: 21th Annual Pine Barrens Festival takes place at the Church of the Holy Eucharist in Tabernacle, NJ. Six fun-filled nights of Food, live entertainment, games, rides, culture devoted to the NJ Pine Barrens, dancing and more! HOURS: nightly from 6:00 pm 'til 11:00 pm Kitchen; Games & Rides open at 6:30 pm and entertainment Band performance times are 7:00 pm -11:00 pm Monday-Thursday and 800 pm -1200 pm Friday and Saturday. For more information, visit the website or call (609) 268-8383.


The Ocean County Decoy and Gunning Show is held the last weekend of September at Tip Seaman County Park in Tuckerton NJ. 2012 dates are Sept. 29 & 30, 2012. For more information, call 609-971-3085.


The Annual Chowderfest Weekend and Cookoff Classic is held in Beach Haven (Long Beach island) NJ. 2012 date is SEPTEMBER 29 & 30, 2012.



Pine Barrens Jamboree - held annually the second Saturday in October, this is one of the best ways to experience the Pine Barrens! Music all day long, dozens of crafters, local food, and admission is free! The 2012 date is Saturday, OCTOBER 13, 2012.


The Chatsworth Cranberry Festival is held annually in Chatsworth, on the third weekend in October. If it's cranberries you want, this is the place! OCTOBER 20 & 21, 2012.



The COUNTRY LIVING FAIR at BATSTO VILLAGE, a celebration of all things country, is held yearly the third Sunday of October. The 2012 date is October 21.




The Pine Barrens is becoming a popular tourist destination. It offers history, nature, boating, camping, fishing, swimming, and most of all, peace and tranquility. It's important to families who live here, whether for a few years or many generations, that our peace and tranquility be preserved.A local lawyer or doctor won't look any different than his neighbor who works the land. Thousand dollar suits aren't what impress people of the Pines - taking care of nature and fellow man is what matters. To that end, it is important for you to know that as a visitor to our precious Pine Barrens, you should show respect for the flora and fauna, for the historical buildings or their remains, and show respect for the "locals". Walk and drive gently. Treat our Pine Barrens as you would want a visitor to treat your own home town - and your own family. Thank you.


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