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Feeling blue: Norcross' BluesBerry Festival combines music, sweet treats

Staff Photo: Tyler Estep. Musician Stoney Brooks plays the harmonica in front of crowds gathered for  the BluesBerry music and food festival Saturday in historic downtown Norcross.

Staff Photo: Tyler Estep. Musician Stoney Brooks plays the harmonica in front of crowds gathered for the BluesBerry music and food festival Saturday in historic downtown Norcross.

NORCROSS -- Asked her opinion of the freshly scooped cone of blueberry ice cream in her hand, young Annalisa Allen gave a silent thumbs up and a grin, streaks of purple already running down her chin.

Shortly thereafter, a chunk of the frozen treat dropped to the asphalt, much to her disappointment.

The rest of her family had nothing to complain about, however, as they took in the tastes and sounds of Norcross' annual BluesBerry Festival on Saturday evening, a "funky combination of real blues music and fresh juicy blueberries for sale by local farmers."

"This is exactly what I wanted," mother Kathleen said. "Come out, listen to good music, eat some good barbecue and have some homemade ice cream."

"It's just warm and Southern," she added. "Good Southern food and good music."

A tent boasting everything blueberry -- the aforementioned homemade ice cream, syrup, jellies, jams, ciders and something dubbed simply blueberry "topping" -- from the Dahlonega Vegetable Farms and other vendors set up shop right outside the Iron Horse Tavern to ply its wares.

Nearby on the back of a flatbed truck, Atlanta-based blues and swing band Stoney Brooks and the Hooch played soulful party tunes that carried throughout downtown Norcross.

Crowds set up lawn chairs or stood to watch the concert, otherwise mingling through several open downtown shops.

"We love coming out and supporting the local businesses here," resident Eric Allen said. "We love the fact that there is a little community here and we can come out and support it."