Festival highlights include the following events:
Friday, July 25, 5 to 8 pm: opening ceremonies of the Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival. Gallons of blueberry Jell-O to slide on, swim in and play in. Many new activities this year and outdoor food concessions will be open at the Sitzmark, 54 East Dover Rd, Wilmington, (802) 464-3384.
Friday, July 25, 7 pm: Blueberry Ball at the Grand Summit Hotel at Mount Snow. Join in for a night of hors d’oeuvres and dancing. Proceeds benefit Jessica’s Closet, a nonprofit created in memory of Jessica Bolognani. Tickets are $50 each and are available at the Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Saturday, July 26, from 8 to 11 am: Blueberry Pancake Breakfast on the parade route, sponsored by the Deerfield Valley Rotary. Enjoy a delicious fresh blueberry pancake breakfast featuring Vermont maple syrup and assorted breakfast meats. As in past years, the breakfast is free, but donations are always welcomed to help support the Rotary’s community funding efforts. Join in at Layla’s Riverside Lodge and Restaurant, at 145 Route 100, West Dover.
Saturday, July 26, 10:30 am, the sixth annual Blueberry Festival Parade featuring New England service vehicles. Parade route is Route 100 in West Dover from Tollgate Plaza to Dover Forge and is one way only. 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 contest for blue-inspired spectators. To enter for a prize email firstname.lastname@example.org a photo of a group at the parade.
Saturday, July 26, 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, July 27 10 am to 2:30 pm, the 28th annual Time Line Event. Walk through re-enactor camps in history from third-century Rome to the modern day. The 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 (802) 368-7913 or visit www.livinghistoryassn.org.
Sunday, July 27, 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, bring a camera. From the intersecion of Route 100 and Route 9, 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 on to Upper Dam Road. Bear left at the next intersection. The trailhead, marked with a sign, is on the right.
Monday, July 28, from 11 to 11:30 pm, is launch time for the Blueberry River Float. Grab some tubes and enjoy a float with family and friends down to the free parking behind the shops on West Main. Fun for all ages. Park in Wilmington take the MOOver north to Wheeler Farm Bridge (or get dropped off). Water shoes or sneakers strongly suggested. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Thursday, July 31, 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 in Wilmington. 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. For those with a boat, decorate it blue and meet at 4 pm at the High Country Marina on Route 9 West in Wilmington for the parade of boats line-up!
Saturday, August 2, 5 to 9 pm: Blueberry Block Party. Wilmington at night takes on a smooth blue glow. South Main Street will be blocked off and folks can dance in the streets. 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 will be held in Memorial Hall.
Event listings here are just a small sampling of the festivities. For complete information visit www.vermontblueberry.com. Festival passports can also be found at the Mount Snow Valley Chamber of Commerce, located at 21 West Main Street, Wilmington or by calling (802) 464-8092.