Festivals are about bringing communities, neighbors, friends and families together.

They're about buying locally and supporting our local artisans. Getting that one-of-a-kind gift for your friends and loved ones. And since Christmas is right around the corner, it's a great place to shop.

Saturday's fourth annual Klamath Blackberry Festival is one of those opportunities. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Camper Corral, where highways 101 and 169 meet.

Highlights include:

andbull; A blueberry hotcake breakfast will be served from 9 to 11 a.m. by the Klamath Fire Department. Other foods available during the day including barbecued salmon, Indian tacos, stuffed fry bread, hot dogs, corn dogs and curly fries, along with lots of blackberry desserts.

andbull; More than $300 worth of raffle prizes will be given out, and the Klamath Chamber of Commerce is giving a free raffle ticket to anyone spending $50 or more with any one of the festival vendors.

andbull; A silent auction for items, including a three-night stay at the Ben Bow Inn.

andbull; Crescent City artist Garretta Lamore and some of her friends will be painting in the recreation room from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

andbull; The Border Coast band will perform classic '70sand '80s music throughout the day.

andbull; A horseshoe tournament, which has a $5 entry fee and will start at 11 a.m. The first- and second-place winners will divide up the prize money.

andbull; A dessert judging contest will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For $20 you get a plate piled with delicious blackberry desserts. Winners of first through third place receive cash prizes.

Among the activities focused on kids:

andbull; Childrenkids get to make their own raffle ticket for the free raffle just for them (one ticket per child).

andbull; Painting rocks: Turn your rock into a fish head, a flower, or just write a special word on it.

andbull; Wander through a 20- by 28-foot maze.

andbull; A 4-H petting zoo is bringing members' little friends for some loving.

andbull; The Wonder Bus.

andbull; Home Depot is supplying aprons and kits to make 125 toy cars.

andbull; The Del Norte Unified School District will be offering flavored water from its Re-think Your Drink program.

andbull; There will be a number of boards available to draw chalk mural, tote bags are available to spray paint a design with colored dye, and paper, glue and sparkles are available for kids to make their own mosaics.

For more information, call 707-482-0385.