Celebrating the mighty blueberry

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) They’re known as a super food and many believe they improve memory, help with your brain health, and assist us as we age. There are so many benefits to blueberries! South Haven is celebrating one of Michigan’s biggest crops at the National Blueberry Festival August 7 through 10.

This year marks the 51st anniversary of the National Blueberry Festival. The festivities will kick off on Thursday, August 7 with a Blueberry Pie Social and the Blueberry Festival Youth Pageant, followed by music from “King’s Carnival” and “Tom, Al & Lou” on the main stage at Riverfront Park.

Friday is Meijer Kids Day, and will feature tons of fun kids activities and entertainment in Riverfront Park, a Pie Eating Contest and Sidewalk Chalk Art. The South Haven Health System Health Fair will take place at the pavilion, followed by the Blueberry Bark-B-Que, which benefits Al-Van Humane Society! The evening entertainment will feature “The Bronk Brothers,” with their high energy country style!

Saturday, August 9 will see the sun rise on hundreds of participants in the annual Blueberry Festival 5k run/walk and 10k run! The blueberry pancake breakfast is sure to be a hit, as is the annual Blueberry Festival Craft Fair in Stanley Johnston Park. Other activities include a parade, basketball tournament, and the much anticipated Fish Boil! Headlining entertainment will feature “Lookin’ Back,” an excellent Bob Seger tribute band.

On Sunday, August 10 there is truly something for everyone! The Rotary Club Fly-in will be held at the airport, there is a pancake breakfast, a sand sculpture contest, a lawn tractor pull, craft fair and more, plus the festival will wrap up in style with a Beach Party sponsored by Reddi Wip! Put on your parrothead gear or Hawaiian shirt and come to the main stage for a free treat while you listen to beach rock music by Don Middlebrook! For a complete schedule of events, visit the Blueberry Festival website.

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