Three days of festivities in downtown
© Darrell Cole - The Amherst News
Members of the Amherst Blueberry Harvest Festival committee join Amherst Mayor Robert Small in cutting the ribbon to officially open the festival that runs through Sunday in downtown Amherst.
AMHERST – Amherst’s Blueberry Harvest Festival is officially underway.
Members of the Downtown Amherst Business Advisory Committee joined with Mayor Robert Small and members of town council to kick off the three-day festival with a ribbon-cutting ceremony early Friday.
“We’ve made it. It’s opening day of the Blueberry Harvest Festival and we’re looking forward to quite a show,” committee chairwoman Michele LeBlanc said after the mayor cut the ribbon. “The weather is co-operating and there are over 40 vendors on the downtown streets. It couldn’t be better.”
Activities began early Friday with the Ramblers bingo at 11 a.m. and the pie-eating contest at noon while the Kids Zone on King Street started at 1 p.m.
Other events Friday include the youth talent show at 3 p.m. a car show on Victoria Street at 5 p.m., the Dayle’s Department Store Fashion Show at 6:30 p.m. and the sold-out Blueberry Gala in Victoria Square from 8 to 10 p.m.
Saturday’s events include the Knights of Columbus breakfast at 8 a.m. , the 10K run at 10 a.m. , Europbungey at 10 a.m. and a day full of entertainment in the square featuring Blake Smith, Michele LeBlanc, Julie Brooks, Harry Haynes and Steve Ridgeway and Susan and Tony Robichaud.
The Chamber of Commerce corn boil is at 5 p.m. with the Maritime Review at 6 p.m.
The beer garden featuring Hal Bruce and the Big Bad Marty Band is nearly sold out. It goes at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Amherst Stadium.
“There’s something for everyone. There’s lots of entertainment, great food and great vendors,” LeBlanc said. “This is the place you want to be this weekend.”
Mayor Small congratulated the organizing committee for its work.
“It takes a lot of courage and patience to make this happen,” Small said. “This is the first year of restarting the festival in Amherst and we were happy to work with the Municipality of Cumberland on this and other projects. It’s all about making this community a great place to live.”