Submitted by Faye Mack
MACHIAS, Maine — The week long 39th Annual Wild Blueberry Festival brought thousands to downtown Machias this past weekend. With something to offer everyone, visitors enjoyed more than 300 vendors, the 5 mile Blueberry Run, and all the delicious blueberry flavored foods. When asked why they enjoy the Wild Blueberry Festival, these locals had lots to say.
“Because it has face painting, fresh squeezed lemonade, pie eating contest, pearls and all that stuff right in my town!!” Kiley Bauman, 6 of Machias.
“Talented togetherness. I enjoy the coming together of the Blackfly Ball and the fun that it creates. It’s like Mardi Gras in Machias. We seldom get a street party of that magnitude, with as many bands performing live. The seasonal musical as well as the various contests for quilts, food and creativity are awesome vehicles for locals to show their talent.” Angella Moser of Jonesboro, Maine.
“I enjoy the Blueberry Festival because of the unique atmosphere it brings to the town each and every year – the fresh faces, the bustle about the streets and the accompanying spark that all of that brings to the area businesses and community at large.” Josh Spencer of Machias, Maine
“After working at Helen’s most blueberry festivals the first three at the original location since 1981 I couldn’t imagine Helen’s not being a part of the weekend. It was so wonderful to work together with our Helen’s family lovingly preparing food for the day. Saturday to visit with our regular guests was heartwarming. Spending time with people we have met over the years who only comeback during August is really what the festival is about for me. Oh and don’t forget the blueberries!” Julie Barker, owner of Helen’s Restaurant in Machias
“I have loved the blueberry festival since I was a small child. I looked forward to going every year with my mother and I remember that I was able to get a new handmade doll for my birthday which is August 23rd. I still have some of those dolls. As an adult I have enjoyed visiting with friends and family from away who might only come home every year or every couple years to enjoy the festival.” Christy Alley of Jonesport.
“We enjoy the festival because it’s an opportunity for so many people to come and see what we already know…that Machias is a really great place. Also, the curly fries are awesome!” Mathy Terrill of Machias.