Volunteers are essential to the festival’s success. Bob Wisser, left, greets Tony Favinger, who has been volunteering for all 32 years of the Festival’s existence. Copyright -
Crafters and vendors offer attractions of many sorts. Ester Samson and her assistant, Katie Stawicki, paint faces. Copyright -
PRESS PHOTOS BY DENNIS GLEWDulcimer Dan and Friends play traditional music. The group’s instruments include a hammered dulcimer (center) and an Irish bagpipe, called “uilleann” in Gaelic (left). Copyright -
The Festival had its own, unique “SMASH Pale Ale” brewed by Christopher Bowen, left, who in real life is head brewer at Fegley’s Brew Works. With Bowen are Bob Kennedy (center) and Craig Larimer, an editor at The Morning Call. Copyright -
A big hit at the festival was Creature, a four-month-old poodle. Creature is being trained in dog skills and drills by Miranda Genetti from Neverland K9. Copyright -
A concert by the junior and advanced ensembles of El System Lehigh Valley attracted a large audience. Targeting underserved youth, El System provides after-school instrumental instruction and academic tutoring. Copyright -
Matthew Mikhalkov ate a whole blueberry pie fast enough to take second place out of 15 kids. The use of hands is not allowed in the competition. Copyright -
Ted Patterson, left, who finished second in the adult competition, shows the all-in technique of a champion. Mike Chen, center, and Nick Fultor, right, compete valiantly but can’t quite catch up. Copyright -
32nd annual festival
The 32nd Annual Blueberry Festival July 20and 21 offered something for everyone. Visitors could have their faces painted, watch a well-trained dog doing tricks on command, be entertained by band and orchestral music, watch demonstrations of colonial brewing and blacksmithing, and play lawn games, to mention a few of the activities.
One of the most popular attractions is the pie-eating contest.
For those who enjoy shopping, there was the Burnside Crafters Handmade Items on sale. Another very popular activity is sampling the blueberry treats among other culinary items on sale.
Though it was quite hot on both days of the festival, attendees clearly enjoyed themselves.