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Three August Festivals to Celebrate All Things Blueberry

August 2, 2012 at 12:54 PM | by | ()

While we we've busy enjoying the warmer weather it’s been all work for those responsible for tending to this year’s blueberry crop. Thankfully things must have gone according to plan, as it’s time to harvest. Before August slips into September it’s time to celebrate blueberry season, and here’s three of the best festivals where you can do exactly that:

National Blueberry Festival – South Haven, Michigan

Running August 9-12, this festival has everything and anything involved with the berries that are little and blue. All the events go down right on the shores of Lake Michigan at the town’s Riverfront Park. Blueberry Pie Socials, Lawn Tractor Pulls, Pie Eating Contests, and a Blueberry Cookout round out the weekend’s events.

Organizers are expecting at least 40,000 hungry visitors as the event celebrates its 49th year filled with live entertainment and way too many blueberry pancakes. If you need a blueberry break—like that’s even possible—just swing by the Sand Sculpture Contest scheduled to do its thing at North Beach on Sunday afternoon.

Machias Wild Blueberry Festival – Machias, Maine

Blueberries will be the main attraction August 17-19, so if you’re heading up the coast of Maine this is probably worth the detour. Pie eating contests, cooking contests, road races, blueberry musicals, and plenty of live music round out the weekend’s festivities. Local farms are even scheduled to open their field to visitors—like Welch Farm—as shuttle buses whisk visitors out to the field to check out the harvest. Finally, be sure to wear something nice, as you’re even invited to a blueberry wedding. Blueberry Festival Co-Chairs are set to tie the knot on Sunday at 2:30pm, and we’re pretty sure the bride will be wearing something blue.

Marshall County Blueberry Festival – Plymouth, Indiana

If you don’t have plans for Labor Day Weekend, there’s always a blueberry festival, as this one is set to do its thing August 31-September 3. It’s free admission to one and all in and around Centennial Park, as the festival looks to hold quite the blueberry blowout to celebrate its 45th anniversary. There’ll be a carnival, live music, fireworks, car shows, and of course a chance to crown Little Miss Blueberry 2012.

Most mornings will kickoff with a Blueberry Buffet, and then after that stumble your berry filled body through other events like the Blueberry Stomp. If you only have time for one day of blueberry filled entertainment it might just be best to visit on Labor Day, as that’s when 20,000 people line the streets to check out the parade which steps off at 9:30am.

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