The annual Maine Wild Blueberry Festival in Machias features two fun days of entertainment, contests, shopping and of course blueberries! Held each August, the festival offers locals and visitors alike the chance to celebrate the little berry that some say helped put Maine on the map. After all, even though Maine is one of the nation’s smallest states, it still produces more blueberries than any other state. More than 90% of the nation’s blueberry crop comes from Maine.
Maine Wild Blueberry Festival Activities
Festival activities include:
- Flea Market filled with local vendors featuring handmade crafts
- Tours of a local Blueberry Farm
- Children’s Parade
- 5-mile Road Race and 1-mile Fun Run
- Blueberry Pancake Breakfast
- Blueberry Pie-Eating Contest
From live music and performances to children’s activities, the Maine Wild Blueberry Festival offers a variety of exciting entertainment options for everyone in your party. The event kicks off with a flea market, farm tour and a parade on Friday, followed by a weekend full of activities including a cooking and a pie eating contest. Love to listen to live music? You can enjoy local bands and artists, including the Ukulele Club from the University of Maine at Machias! If you enjoy a good comedy, you may want to see the Musical Comedy the Centre Street Congregational Church puts on each year. Children’s activities include the parade, as well as face painting, an interactive puppet exhibit, and they can even decorate a birdhouse to take home with them.
Children of (almost) all ages can participate in the annual Pie-Eating Contest. Contestants compete in four age groups: 7-10-year-olds, 11-14-year-olds, 15-18-year-olds, and adults. Each contestant receives a T-shirt to wear during the contest, as well as a clean one to take home and show off to friends and family. Winners receive certificates and serious bragging rights.
Blueberry Farm Tour
Find out how a working blueberry farm operates! Festival-goers can tour Welch Farms in Roque Bluffs to learn what it takes to grow and harvest wild blueberries.
No festival would be complete without delicious food and this festival does not disappoint. Enjoy crab rolls, lobster, hamburgers, a fish fry and more. When it comes to items featuring the star of the festival – blueberries – enjoy blueberry ice cream, a blueberry dessert bar,
PLANNING YOUR VISIT TO MAINE
Now’s the time to starting planning your trip to Maine for the Rockland Lobster Festival! Be sure to download our handy and FREE Vacation Guide to Camden, Maine. The guide is chocked full of information regarding things to do, places to see, restaurants to try and more. The Hartstone Inn is also happy to make arrangements for you to stay in one of our luxurious rooms or suites. After a rejuvenating night’s rest, enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast each morning.
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