The Florida Blueberry Festival Brooksville office is busy crunching figures from this past weekend’s festival, and while those figures are not yet available, Festival Coordinator Michael Heard said the festival succeeded in its mission to promote Brooksville and state blueberry growers.
“We are here to do this job, and that job is to help other 501(c)3’s, to help the city with revitalization and to help blueberry growers get their message out that we grow blueberries in the state of Florida,” Heard said.
“Thanks to everyone, that’s all I want to say — is thanks to everybody,” Heard added. “And to tell them what we’re achieving here is a much bigger thing than just Hernando County. It’s the state blueberry harvest, tourism and other people trying to support and help other people and industries in our community.”
Heard said the festival has shared revenues with 10 other 501(c)3 groups, each of which have to be paid on an individual basis, so the festival won’t know when the overall figures will be calculated until each partnership is completed.
“I’m responsible to the state and federal government for what I do, and I’m responsible to my sponsors for what we do,” Heard said, adding that the figures from this year’s festival will not be provided unless they’re viewed via tax returns.