Originally published in The Weekly Packet, August 9, 2018
Annual Blueberry Festival brings food, fun to Blue Hill
One of the more popular booths at the Blueberry Festival held in Blue Hill on August 4 featured French-style crepes with toppings and fillings such as blueberries and cream, as well as pulled pork with habanero sauce.
by Cindy Thielen
Hundreds of visitors from Maine and out of the state gathered in Blue Hill on August 4 to enjoy the annual Blueberry Festival held at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill.
The morning started off with a pancake breakfast featuring fruit salad, maple sausage, orange juice, and everyone’s favorite: pancakes made with local blueberries. Around 173 people were served, according to Charlie Fenald, one of the event’s volunteers.
Among the other food options was a booth featuring French-style crepes made by local chef Tim Gunderson. Going with the event theme, one option included blueberries and cream, while the other held the taste of a summer BBQ with pulled pork and a spicy habanero sauce.
A favorite activity for the kids was the opportunity to test their aim by getting someone wet in the dunk tank. Robbie Bennett has been the brave soul to sit in the tank for the past three years and for him, it’s fun, but scary.
“After getting dunked about 15 times, I get used to it. But after going a year without doing it, then the thought of doing it becomes terrifying,” said Bennett.
Other games included ring toss, bubbles, a cake walk, and a spellbinding show from local magician, Jim Picariello, who has run the show for eight years.
All proceeds from the event go towards funding for church programs.