In the fertile soils of north central Florida, the pretty town of Jasper is preparing for the Annual Wild Blackberry Festival on June 11.
My mouth was watering as I read about the Blackberry Pancake Breakfast that begins at 7 a.m., followed by the antique car show, parade and bake-off contest. (Is it too late to apply to be a judge for that bake-off?)
Jasper, located just a few miles south of the Florida-Georgia border, sits along a scenic part of US 41 in north central Florida. It's the seat of Hamilton County, and is often called the Central Gateway of Florida.
There is a lot to do in Jasper, which is on Florida's Black Heritage Trail. Details are in this story. Nearby is the Florida Nature & Heritage Tourism Center, which serves as a one-stop information center showcasing the Sunshine State's many nature-based, cultural and historic venues and events.
Easy to access from I-75 or I-10, this is the still pristine Suwannee River valley area, with the Suwannee River to the east and south of Jasper, while the Withlacoochee River is to the west. The Alapaha, or River of Sand, runs north and south through Hamilton county.
For more information about the Wild Blackberry Festival, call 386-792-2725 or visit www.hamiltoncountyflorida.com.