Festivals help residents and visitors beat the summer blues
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In case you haven’t noticed, the valley has been awash in blue the past 10 days. Of course it’s because the annual Blueberry Festival has once again been a fruitful addition to the summer schedule of events and activities.

We hope all of our readers have taken the opportunity to attend at least one of the events during the festival. They’re a lot of fun, and a great example of what the community can do when it works together. They’re also a great way to liven up the dog days of summer with a little blue fun.

Given the organic, mostly-volunteer nature of the Blueberry Festival, in terms of how it gets organized, it never ceases to amaze us with the breadth and depth of participation around the valley. It truly has become a region-wide event. Kudos to the organizers for once again taking something simple and turning it into something wonderful, much like the blueberry itself.

Looking ahead, the next few months offer a plethora of events and activities around the valley. Next week is the return of Tough Mudder New England. The event is always exciting, with participants challenging themselves to do things most would never dream of, all to help wounded veterans and compete for nothing more than a pat on the back, a cold beer, and simple satisfaction of completing the demanding course. For participants and spectators alike, the event can be very satisfying.

Then, in rapid succession, more events stream through the area. The Deerfield Valley Farmers’ Day Fair, the Mount Snow Brewers Festival, the Vermont Life Wine and Harvest Festival, the International Television and Film Festival, and Octoberfest are some of the headline events, but there are countless other activities large and small to volunteer for, participate in, or just go and have fun at.

We understand that not everyone will want to participate in or take advantage of everything that will take place during the next three months, but even for those who want to pick and choose their fun, there should be something to their liking.

What makes all of these things special, aside from the fact they take place here in the Deerfield Valley, is the volunteer effort that goes into the organization or operation of them. As we said above about the Blueberry Festival, it’s the mostly-volunteer nature of these events that ultimately makes or breaks them. And those efforts, as much as any of the events themselves, are reason enough to celebrate.
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