MACHAIS — Organizers of the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival have announced that this year’s festival has been canceled because of the COVID-19 virus. Ellen Farnsworth and Nancy Lewis, co-chairs of the festival, made the cancellation of this year’s events official after meeting with other leaders of Centre Street Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, the festival’s sponsor, on April 29.
The festival, which began in 1975, takes place the third weekend of August and brings in thousands of people who enjoy the annual musical comedy, crafts fair, and pie-eating contest, among other activities. Although other organizations hold events in conjunction with the festival, the church holds the legal copyright to the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival name and provides the majority of the entertainment, infrastructure, and conveniences, such as shuttle-bus transportation, portable toilets and parking for people with disabilities.
Gov. Janet Mills’ timeline for reopening the state of Maine in four stages, which will be reassessed over the next months, includes restrictions on gatherings of 50 people or more in July and August.
Next year’s festival will take place Aug. 20–22, 2021. Organizers urge everyone to stay safe and plan to attend next year!