It Happens All The Time. They All Become Blueberries.
"It happens all the time, they all become blueberries!" - Willy Wonka / Charlie & The Chocolate Factory
Vermonters love their festivals! And the Annual Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival in Southern Vermont has repeatedly been ranked a Top Ten Summer Event by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce! That isn’t hard to believe once you’ve experienced it for yourself…
This event is LOADED with fun for all ages, with everything from pie eating contests, parades, food and drink specials and tons of blueberry jell-o to splash in, all the while celebrating the Deerfield Valley’s prideful, official acknowledgment as the Blueberry capital of Vermont!
Throughout the 10-day festivities, blue clothing, blue faces, blue snacks and blueberry picking speckle the valley.
Kick-off to the festival is marked with the Blueberry Jell-o slip and slide. Folks, we aren’t talking about just a bowl or two of this stuff – we are talking 300+ gallons of blue, sticky, mushy Jell-o that, on the count of 3, dozens and dozens of children dive into! It’s truly a thing to see, and the kids and adults can all join in with different set ups for different ages! Bring towels, bring suits, and this event will be sure to send you home smiling and laughing! Check out prior year photos and keep an eye out for updates!
The Blueberry parade is growing every year, and getting wonkier! Floats are all blue, or blueberry themed and the judges vote on winners for prizes! Route 100 is lined with people while everything from giant pies, live animals, and even Babe the Big Blue Ox make their way down the pavement. Live music echos along while the bustle of blue move steadily by. But the fun doesn’t end when the parade is over! There is a craft fair right along side the route! With vendors and food and fun in walking distance, this festival just keeps getting better!
Meanwhile, while Dover and Wilmington has been blanketed in Blue, Jacksonville gets ready for their antique car show, live music, and sidewalk chalk art competition.
Local restaurants offer up blueberry recipes such as smoothies, cocktails, desserts, sandwiches and more. Downtown holds a scavenger hunt, and boats and boaters come together for the Blueberry Splash, featuring bands, MORE food and a boat parade!
On-going events during the festival include activities such as blueberry picking, where you can pick as little or as much as you’d like, shopping discounts at participating stores, and special deals on festivity events like mini-golf, bowling, or visiting the local farms, cheese makers and breweries and wineries. There is so much to do! These deals change a little every year, so be sure to visit the Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival page for this year’s line-up.
The finale of the festival, is in no way, a quiet goodbye. The Blueberry Block party, shuts down South Main Street in Wilmington, packs in vendors, bands, food, dancing, crafts for kids, and last but not least… The Blueberry Pie Eating Contest! This is messy, competitive, and fun for everyone as multiple rounds of participants try their best to devour as much blueberry pie as possible, without the use of their hands, and within the time limit! Sound pretty easy? Well, come give it a try and bring your appetite!
July 28th, 2017 through August 6th, 2017 will mark the time frame for this year’s Blueberry Festival, and is expected to be bigger, better and Blu-er than ever! A family friendly, fun-oriented festival with the backdrop of Southern Vermont’s gorgeous summer landscapes, it’s a no brainer! Visit the Official Festival page for updates as they roll in, and check out the Southern Vermont Deerfield Valley Chamber of Commerce Facebook page for past, present and future events!
Guest Blogger Amy Powling