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Forty Years of Machias Blueberries

Published on September 25, 2016 by Maria Lamb

Some of the best things about small town America, are the home-town festivals.  It’s a way for local townsfolk to get together and celebrate life in their little corner of the world while sharing it with newcomers and visitors.  One great festival that people look forward to every year is the annual Machias Wild Blueberry Festival.  In this little town, rooms and rental homes book a year in advance because it’s harvest time for blueberries and harvest time is a time to celebrate.

The first Wild Blueberry Festival was hosted by the Centre Street Congregational Church back in 1975, the festival is a plethora of food (blueberries, blueberries, and more blueberries), games, crafts and music.  There are even two parades - one specifically for children.  Shoppers will be able to find crafters and artisans and flea market finds.  There is a cooking contest (blueberry themed, of course) and a pie eating contest (can you guess which flavor?).

The crowning glory of the two day festival is the Blueberry Musical Comedy (different every year) with the town band as the opening act.  There is assigned seating and tickets sell quickly - it’s recommended that you purchase them in advance.

So let’s put two and two together here…  accommodations for the Wild Blueberry Festival are reserved a year in advance and tickets for the Blueberry Musical Comedy sell out fast.  For forty years.  That sounds like a successful festival to me. 

This year, the Machias Wild Blueberry Festival will be held on August 14-15th.

Machias Wild Blueberry Festival website

Meet The Author
Maria received degrees in both business and psychology and had worked as both a travel professional and a real estate agent when she realized that she could combine both of her passions — travel and residential real estate and design. Managing vacation rental properties since 2003, she has spent countless hours obsessively networking with other vacation rental professionals. Her love for residential architecture and beautiful landscapes has led Maria to collect houses around the globe, including one purchased sight unseen on the Bay of Fundy in Canada. She’s also been lucky to live in some really cool locales – an 18th century carriage house on Beacon Hill in Boston, a medieval castle in Europe, several resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico, and a historic Spanish-eclectic Pacific view home in southern California. Maria currently divides her time between an artsy farmhouse in Machiasport, Maine, a quintessential cape house on Cape Cod and a beach cottage in tiny Phinney Cove, Nova Scotia. Oh, and her, oh-so-chaotic, home life consists of a musician hubby, two teenagers, four cats, two dogs and a diaper-wearing house-chicken.
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