December 19, 2018
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Annual Machias Wild Blueberry Festival to include Blueberry Musical, live entertainment and pie-eating contest

Community Author: Ellen Farnsworth
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MACHIAS – Organizers of the 43rd Machias Wild Blueberry Festival say this year’s event, running from Friday, Aug.17 – Sunday, Aug. 19, is a blueberry extravaganza not to be missed.

Throughout Machias there are over 200 crafters, artisans and food vendors, new live entertainment and a host of blueberry activities  including the blueberry pie-eating contest, blueberry pancake breakfast,  blueberry cooking contest,  blueberry farm tour and, of course,  the ever-popular Blueberry Musical

“We are excited about the upcoming festival. The musical is fabulous, we have lots of new and varied vendors this year. W have celebrity judges for the pie-eating contest. Everything is falling into place for the 43rd Annual Machias Wild Blueberry Festival to be the biggest and best festival ever,” said festival co-chair, Ellen Farnsworth. “Also, I’ going out and a limb to tell everyone, it will not rain!”

Fans of the annual festival should plan to spend lots of time there and come hungry. Back by popular demand, there are three-full days of vendors, featuring crafters and artisans, offering everything from pottery and baskets to stained glass and jewelry and much more. Food vendors will be stationed throughout the festival site selling everything from blueberry pie to lobster rolls. Also for sale, are T-shirts featuring this year’s stunning winning design and raffle tickets for this year’s gorgeous, one-of-a-kind blueberry quilt.

And what would a festival be without live entertainment? New this year are The Ancient, a Celtic music ensemble from Nova Scotia, and for the kids, Climate 911, a puppet show that teaches about climate change. In addition are returning favorites including Zappledan, the Ukulele Club of UMM, Timber Creek, Wenona’s Band and Wes Booth the magician.

Let’s not forget the Blueberry Musical Comedy. Audiences are in for a special treat. “A Mermaid’s Tail” is a rollicking “tail” about a mermaid, some fisherman, scientists, a few sea hags, and of course, Blueberry Fairies. This year’s musical comedy is a delight with show stopping music and a wonderfully thin plot. Be ready to sing along, laugh uproariously and enjoy the wonderful talent that will make this show your all time favorite.

The annual festival was founded in 1976 by Centre Street Congregational Church in Machias to celebrate the tiny, low-bush wild blueberry and to promote the Maine wild blueberry industry. Roughly $250 million is generated by the industry each year;  supporting 2,500 jobs and 500 growers across the Mid-Coast and Down East according to the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine. Increased competition and other global factors are creating challenges for Maine’s wild blueberry industry with prices to farmers dropping in recent years to an all-time low. Organizers of the Machias Wild Blueberry festival say that’s why events such as this are so critical to raising awareness.

The festival also helps support Centre Street Church  including the Machias Food Pantry which feeds 100 families and individuals every week.

Festival co-chair, Ellen Farnsworth,  is available for interviews either in advance or to arrange interviews for the day of the event. Additional contacts also can be provided upon request. Call (207) 263-8194 or email ellenfarnsworth21@gmail.com.