Greater Sudbury Blueberry Festival
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Blueberry Festival also thanks Toppers Pizza and Freskiw Farms and the following supporters
History of the Blueberry Festival
While long recognized as the Nickel capital of the world for its vast underground wealth, Sudbury's above ground natural resource, the lowbush blueberry was not so well known. Former Mayor Peter Wong set out to change this in 1986 when he organized the first Blueberry Festival du bluet.
Video history of early years of festival:
Blueberries grow in such abundance here partly because of the mining industry and early smelting processes which created high acidic soil conditions in which blueberry bushes thrive. Pollinated by black flies (yes they do have a purpose) blueberries are free for the picking from about mid July into late August throughout the entire city. If you can't take the time to pick yourself then you can always purchase at the local farmers market or from the many roadside vendors.
The Blueberry Festival consists of a number of community events celebrating this wonderful resource, now considered the worlds most nutritious fruit. There are of course numerous blueberry pancake breakfasts, a blueberry pie eating contest, garden parties, concerts, family and childrens events all open to the public. Presiding over these good times during the third week of July each year are Sudbury's most famous couple Sud-berry and Sudbrina Bear the Festival mascots.
Kids and some adults participated in blueberry rock painting a free event held by Monique Legault outside her studio on Elgin Street.
Hundreds each year attend the now famous Skeed Blueberry Pancake breakfast the first Sunday of the Blueberry Festival - a few pictures below of the event
The official opening of the Festival took place at Bell Park with both Sud-Berry Bear and Sudbrina Bear
If was a beautiful day for the annual climb up Blueberry Hill in Minnow Lake with over 35 in attendance. Dr. Peter Beckett of LU spoke to those on the hike and yes there were some blueberries for the picking. .
The Blueberry Hill Climbs have been taking place for years. The video below was recorded in 1994 with guide and teacher Sheldon Lowe.
Sud-Berry Bear and Sudbrina say hello to guests at the Alzheimer's Garden Party at Pioneer Manor and below signs announce annual Blueberry Garden Party at the Ukrainian Seniors' Centre in downtown Sudbury.
Participants in Celebrity Blueberry Pie eating contest. Check out the video by clicking here.
Bears with dancing partner at closing ceremonies at Ramsey Lake Sunday Concert July 20th and below Festival Board member volunteers Hugh Kruzel, John Lindsay and Claudetter Strom with the bears and far right Julie Sauve Festival student worker coordinator.