One look at the schedule for the 44th Annual Montrose Blueberry Festival, and it’s clear this town knows how to celebrate their favorite fruit. From pie-eating contests to blueberry pancake breakfasts, there’s something for everyone in Montrose this weekend. Here are a few highlights:
- The Wine & Cheese and Craft Beer Tasting (Thursday)
With nearly 30 different wine and beer options, this event “is bigger and better than ever,” says Janet Loomis, the festival’s treasurer. The tasting officially runs from 5-9 p.m. at the entertainment tent, but the gates officially open at 4:30 p.m.
- The Super Parade (Saturday)
Festival organizers predict that about 15,000 people will turn out for this 1.5-mile parade. About 100 organizations are signed up for the event, which runs from 1-3 p.m.
Note: If you want to check out the pint-sized version, don’t miss the annual Kids’ Parade Friday evening. Children may decorate bikes, wagons and miniature floats or walk the route in costume. As this year’s theme is “Gone Fishing,” kids are encouraged wear farmer-themed costumes, although any costume will be acceptable.
- Flea Market and Arts & Crafts/Home Show (Friday-Sunday)
There will be approximately 175 vendors spread out between these two events. The Flea Market, in City Park, will run from noon to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Arts & Crafts/Home Show will set up shop at Carter Elementary from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
- The Blueberry Mud Bog (Saturday)
Sanctioned by the Concerned Racers 4/WD Club, this off-road motorsport event kicks off at 3 p.m. at 11320 N. McKinley Road. Admission for spectators is $8 per person, $2 for children age 5-10 and free for children under 5 years old. For more information or to register for the event, click here.
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