Three hundred gallons of blueberry Jell-O to slide on, swim in, play in. Each year this grows and is a family favorite by far. New this year is “The Bluest Kid Contest.” There will be outdoor food concessions. Held at the Twin Valley Elementary School. The Wilmington Fire Department will be on hand to hose off the blue children. Donations are accepted.
The Blueberry Festival Parade and celebration of the 10th year of the festival featuring marching bands, area fire and rescue departments, decorated bikes, vintage cars, floats, animals, blue celebrities, and colorful personalities. This year’s Blueberry Festival Parade will be at 11 am, on Saturday, July 29. The parade line up begins at 10 am in the area of the former Central Appliance parking lot.
If interested in being in the parade, register so line up can be organized. Applications are available on the chamber website: www.visitvermont.com, at the chamber office, at the Dover and Wilmington town clerk’s offices, the Wilmington Library, and Jacksonville Municipal Center Community brochure rack in the hallway.
While the parade is perhaps the largest event of the Blueberry Festival, and the largest single parade held each year in the entire Deerfield Valley, it is by far only one event of a 10-day festival. The festival leaders help organize and advertise everything from a Blueberry jell-o slide to concerts, village walks, and blueberry blue eyes contests.
After the parade, stay for blue festivities, a craft fair, barbecue, kid zone, blue inspired activities, and music. New this year, children are invited to decorate bikes, wagons, and strollers with blueberry pride, one adult should walk with their children and a pick-up person should be at an agreed upon location, to lead the parade. Arrive by 10:45 am in order to clear the parade route.
On Sunday, July 30, check out the Blueberry Splash at Lake Whitingham at either Wards Cove or the boat landing at the end of Fairview Avenue. There will be bands on pontoon boats for listening pleasure. Pack a picnic lunch and bring the family. All boat owners are encouraged to decorate their boats and passengers and meet at the High Country Marina at 2 pm then drive by. Watch the parade of boats.
For more information visit vermontblueberry.com or call (802) 464-8092.