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Justin Dickie
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Nova Scotia produces an average of 40 million blueberries per year.

The industry deserves a little recognition.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY Nova Scotia produces an average of 40 million blueberries per year.

The industry deserves a little recognition.

Starting today and running until Sept. 1, the Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival will be celebrating our provincial berry with all kinds of community-oriented activities in Cumberland, Colchester, and Hants counties.

"The Harvest Festival is to promote the blueberry itself, being our provincial berry, and it gives the local communities an opportunity to have activities to offer to their locals as well as the tourists," said festival co-ordinator Lynda Pearson. "Its a festival to celebrate our provincial berry, and thats something to be really proud about."

In its third year, Pearson said the annual event has come a long way from its beginning, but still has room to improve in the years to come.

"We have more entertainment and more activities for families to get out and enjoy. Its something thats growing each year and becoming more popular," she said.

This areas biggest draw during the festival will be the Cumberland County Exhibition from Aug. 28 to Sept. 1.

But if you cant make it to the exhibition, there are all kinds of activities and gatherings scheduled throughout the county each day.

"What better way to get out and celebrate than to go to some of your local community groups and churches and take part in their teas, suppers, breakfasts and farmers markets. Its a great opportunity for that and its fun," Pearson said. "You just have to pick up one of the event calendars and see what fits into your schedule and see how you want to participate in some of the events that are going on. Theres something for every age group.

"The blueberry is our biggest product we export and thats something to celebrate."

For a complete schedule of events, go to www.wildblueberryfest.com.

jdickie@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Cumberland County Exhibition

Geographic location: CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Colchester, Hants

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