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The Bostwick Blueberry Festival is the main fundraiser of the Bostwick Community Association, Inc. (BCAI). Proceeds from the event provide financial support for community needs and organizations such as the Bostwick Boy Scouts which have produced many Eagle Scouts, an outstanding 4-H club, Friends of the Bostwick Library, and providing a $2,000 scholarship to three of our Bostwick high school seniors each year to attend the college or technical school of their choice.

We also support our Relay For Life Team, The Bostwick Blueberry Bumpkins who won the 2011 award for “Best Booth”, The Putnam County Fire and Rescue Explorers, and the Putnam County Sheriffs Department Explorers. Corporate and individual donations have helped us continue these objectives that have helped make a positive impact on the quality of life in the Bostwick community.

For information on how to donate or become a sponsor of the festival, visit our Donations/Sponsors page.

For more information about the activities and membership in BCAI, visit www.bcai.webs.com.

If you have any questions or would like further information, see contact and address information on our Contact page.

 
History of BCAI and the Blueberry Festival

In October of 1991, a small group of Bostwick citizens met in the old schoolhouse at 125 Tillman Street to form what they would call "a social club". They wanted a gathering place to hold community functions such as barbecues, covered dish meals, teen dances, children's carnivals, etc. With the support of Putnam County, the club was allowed use of the old school to hold all functions and meetings. One of the first projects of the club was to redecorate the old cafeteria and raise money for a new floor. A lot of hard work went into painting and making curtains, but the results were worth it. As the club increased in members from 1992 to 1997, the members decided to take a more service oriented role to help improve the quality of life in the Bostwick area. Support for a Boy Scout Troop was provided and meetings were held in one of the old classrooms. A small library was started, and in 1997 the very first Bostwick Blueberry Festival was held.

The Bostwick Blueberry Festival was founded by Vera Daniel (deceased) and Marilyn Downs (deceased). In 1995, these two ladies visited the Melrose Grape Festival, thus inspiring them to start a Blueberry Festival, since Vera owned a blueberry farm. They saw this as a good way to raise funds for the community center. Having no seed money, Clyde Glisson, a local resident, loaned the club the funds to hold the first festival in 1997. The story goes that they had a tornado the first year and still made enough money to pay Mr. Glisson back! This is just one of the reasons it is great to live in a small community. Approximately 1,000 people attended the first festival and over 300 plates of the now famous Bostwick Blueberry Pancakes were served.

In 2003, a fire totally destroyed the center, but not our spirit; the volunteers rallied around and still held the festival. The Bostwick Baptist Church offered the use of the Fellowship Hall in order to continue with the breakfast. In it's 10th year, the festival had an attendance of of approximately 6,000; over 1,200 pancake breakfasts were served, and we were unable to keep up with the demands for fresh blueberries and homemade blueberry pies.

In January 2005, Putnam County began construction on the Bostwick Community Youth/Senior Center, and was completed in February 2006. Since then, along with many other community activities, it has served as the location of the Blueberry Festival cook-off and pancake breakfast.

 

 

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