Not just blueberries at the 30th Chincoteague Blueberry Festival

190 miles.

That's how far Diana James travels to be a part of the annual Chincoteague Blueberry Festival. It's a trip she's been making for 12 years now.

"It's just fun I love talking to people and I've been here for so long that I've developed a following. So I come year after year and people say 'oh I want to take one back, I want to take one to my neighbor', something like that or they're taking it back to the room to eat."

James has made the journey 12 years in a row, but she's not the only dedicated participant.

Sam Serio, the Blueberry Festival organizer tells us, "16 different states are here. Mississippi, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, they come you know to the show to display their art, crafts."

Here at this one-of-a kind event, hundreds of vendors showcase everything blueberry while also offering unique hand-made crafts.

"It's such a really cool atmosphere. Like I've never really, there's festivals around home but not like this. Like everyone's just happy and smiling and everything here is really unique," says Katelyn, who traveled to the festival from Chicago.

For James, it's all about showcasing some serious baking skills that folks seem to really love.

"It's all about blueberries and arts and crafts, and good food. Of course, I have the star of the show hopefully, Blueberry shortcake. I make a pound cake from my grandmother's recipe and I have fresh blueberries and whipped cream on top."

Serio says it's held at the same time every year and serves as the opening act for the Chincoteague Pony Swim that's taking place on Wednesday.

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