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2021 Virtual New Year’s Eve Blueberry Drop Receives Two State Awards

BURGAW – Town of Burgaw’s event is a recipient of two awards from the North Carolina Association of Festivals and Events (NCAFE).

The 2021 Virtual New Year’s Eve Blueberry Drop was recognized as 2021 Excellence Award Winners from the NC Association of Festivals & Events during their Annual Virtual Show Fest 2021 Event Innovators Conference!

Pender County Tourism, a member of the association, nominated Town of Burgaw’s 2021 Virtual New Year’s Eve Blueberry Drop into a variety of offered categories.

“As events & festivals were faced to postpone and cancel this year due to the restrictions of the pandemic, many had to change how we are use to doing events,” said Olivia Dawson, NCAFE Vice President and Pender County Tourism Assistant, “We are pleased to represent Pender County Tourism and the festivals & events that take place in our county.”

The 3rd Annual Virtual New Year’s Eve Blueberry Drop was presented by the Town of Burgaw, and sponsored by Pender County Tourism, Pender County Parks & Recreation, & the North Carolina Blueberry Festival.

“We are proud to announce Sponsor of the Year was awarded to WO Grubb Crane Rentals on behalf of their contributions to the Town of Burgaw for our Annual Blueberry Drop!”, states Cody Suggs, Town of Burgaw Parks & Recreation Director.

“The 2021 Virtual New Year’s Eve Blueberry Drop also won the category for Best Print Media/Poster”, states Stephanie Key, Pender County Tourism Assistant. “as we prepared nominations it was important to recognize the events that were able to take place this year.”

This year’s Annual Show Fest 2021 Event Innovators Conference was held virtually. The theme of this year’s conference was to EMERGE. For more information about NCAFE visit online at


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