The Blackberry Traditional Festival
The McLoud Blackberry Festival began in the 1940's as a celebration of the end of harvest season for the local cash farm crop, blackberries.
Since harvest season was completed just before July 4th, when a community picnic had been held since the town was founded in 1895, the two were combined to create the annual Blackberry festival. The town received national media coverage when the Blackberry Growers Association sent a crate of berries to President Harry Truman. The association disbanded in 1963 due to a poor market and farmers moved on to a more lucrative crop.
While blackberry farming may no longer be the agricultural strength of McLoud, the festival celebrated each year continues to be an exciting event for the town and draws thousands of attendees from throughout the nation.
2014 Blackberry Festival
The 2014 McLoud Blackberry Festival will be held on
Friday, July 4th - 10:00am to Midnight and
Saturday, July 5th - 8:00am to Midnight
E-Mail to : Festival@mcloudchamber.com
The carnival and vendors open on Friday at 10:00am
The parade is Saturday at 10:00am
The Blackberry Pageant is held on Saturday
and of course Fireworks are Saturday at 10:00pm
2014 Entry Forms are here.
We will begin accepting vendors as soon as the new applications are posted. Old forms will NOT be accepted for the 2014 event.
Food Vendor 2014
Merchandise Vendor 2014
Public Service Vendor 2014
Poker Run Parade
2014 Blackberry Festival Parade and Events
Kickapoo tribe Dancer
3 leg sack race