Festival highlights include the following events:
Friday, July 26, from 5 to 8 pm: Opening ceremonies of the sixth annual Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival - gallons of blueberry Jell-O to slide on, swim in and play in! Outdoor food concessions will be open at the Sitzmark, 54 East Dover Road, Wilmington, (802) 464-3384.
Saturday, July 27, from 8 to 11 am: Blueberry pancake breakfast on the parade route sponsored by the Deerfield Valley Rotary. The breakfast is free, but donations are always welcome to help support the Rotary’s community funding efforts. Layla’s Riverside Lodge and Restaurant, formerly the Four Seasons, at 145 Route 100, West Dover.
Saturday, July 27, from 10:30 am: Blueberry Festival parade, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the West Dover Volunteer Fire Department. Parade route is from Tollgate Plaza to Dover Forge and is one way only. Who loves a parade? In addition to the parade featuring marching bands, local floats, fire departments from all over the state, vintage cars, and lots of blue, there will be new festivities including a craft show, barbecue, and a contest for blue-inspired spectators. To enter for a prize email firstname.lastname@example.org a photo of a blue group at the parade.
Saturday, July 27, at 7 pm: Blueberry Ball at Grand Summit Hotel at Mount Snow. Join a night of hors d’oeuvres and dancing! Proceeds benefit Jessica’s Closet, a nonprofit group created in memory of Jessica Bolognani. Tickets are $50 each and are available at the Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Saturday, July 27, from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, July 28, from 10 am to 2:30 pm: The 27th annual Time Line Event. Walk through re-enactor camps in history from third century Rome to the modern day. Event will be held at the Dover Forge on Route 100 in West Dover. The event generally hosts as many as 20 different camps and over 100 re-enactors for a fun-filled day or two of educational displays, talks, and demonstrations. Admission is free but donations are accepted to defray event costs. For more information call the Living History Association at (802) 368-7913 or visit www.livinghistoryassn.org.
Monday, July 29, from 9:30 am to noon: Hike to the top of Haystack with “Mr. Haystack,” Jake White. Water bottles and proper shoes required. Meet at the trailhead. Free family fun. From the intersection of Route 100 and Route 9 in Wilmington, take Route 9 west for 1.1 miles. Turn north onto Haystack Road. Take second left onto Chimney Hill Road. Take next right onto Binney Brook Road, follow to end. Turn right onto Upper Dam Road. Bear left at the next intersection. The trailhead, marked with a USFS sign, is on the right. There is no dedicated parking lot for this trailhead; limited roadside parking is available in the vicinity.
Thursday, August 1, from 5 to 8:30 pm: Blueberry Splash at Lake Whitingham. Pack a picnic dinner, and enjoy the evening at the picnic area at the Fairview Avenue boat launch. At the boat landing an employee from TransCanada will explain how the lake works and how it came to be. Listen to the floating musical groups. See the Blueberry Splash Parade of the Boats. Decorate a boat blue and meet at 4 pm at the High Country Marina for the parade of boats line-up.
Saturday, August 3, from 5 to 9 pm: Blueberry Block Party. Wilmington at night takes on a smooth blue glow. Food available at the block party or downtown restaurants. Don’t miss the kids pie eating contest. This event has been sponsored by the Deerfield Valley Community Partnership and is a rain-or-shine event. Bring bubbles, hula-hoops, and street art chalk talent In the event of rain, festivities and music to be held in Memorial Hall.
Event listings above are just a small sampling of the festivities for the blueberry festival. For complete festival information see www.vermontblueberry.com. More information can also be found at the Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce, at 21 West Main Street in Wilmington or by calling (802) 464-8092.