Machias Holds Annual Blueberry Festival

 

A big draw at the Festival every year is the Blueberry Pie eating contest. This year there were four categories covering almost every age. It's as much fun to watch as it is to participate. (Photo by Kaileigh Deacon).

By Kaileigh Deacon

On Saturday Machias held its annual Wild Blueberry Festival. This year was the thirty-ninth year that the Centre Street Congregational Church, Untied Church of Christ in Machias has held the festival. 

The streets were lined with cars and people as they made their way among the events and various crafter booths. The three day Festival started on Friday and ended Sunday despite on and off showers over the weekend. 

The Festival has no admission charge and can be enjoyed by all ages and from all over. There was a 5 mile Road Race, a Blueberry Pie Eating Contest, a Blueberry Recipe contest, fireworks,  and lots of free entertainment over all three days. Also over the three days various tents and booths were open show casing crafters and artisans from all over Maine and as far away as Virginia. Booths were set up from the Dunkin Donuts all the way up past Machias Savings Bank. 

The Blueberry Festival started as a way to celebrate the little berry that put this part of Downeast Maine on the map but now has grown into so much more. The festival has become a place where families and friends can go and enjoy a few days of laid back fun and entertainment. It has also become a place were artisans and crafters can come together and not only sell their offerings but connect with each other as well. 

Machias area businesses get in the blueberry spirit offering many sales and fun events for Festival goers to enjoy. Skywalkers restaurant had a cookout Saturday with entertainment in the parking lot and the Bluebird Ranch had the Bird Nest where patrons could sit outside and enjoy a blueberry beer and lobster roll. Helen’s restaurant despite the devastating fire this summer participated in the festival with tents set up where the restaurant stood selling a few homemade favorites like clam chowder and souvenir shirts. 

The festival has its own pageant as well crowing a Miss Machias Wild Blueberry Supreme Queen. This year the title went to Rebekah Cox who presided over the events of the Festival and even ran in the Road Race Saturday morning.