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Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival kicking off in Truro

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There’ll be dirty faces, full bellies and lots of laughter when the kickoff to the Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival takes place.

“The kickoff is popular,” said Devin Trefry, community engagement officer with the County of Colchester. “Last year we had about 1,500 people.

“The pie eating contest draws a big crowd. Chris Elgee, from Great British Grub, won last year, and he’ll be back to defend his title. Keith Gillis, the three-time champ, will be trying to take it back from him.”

Other pie eaters are Josie Gallant, a weightlifter; Doug MacInnes, from Wilson’s Home Heating; Lindsay Burgess, curler; and Fram Dinshaw, reporter with the Truro News. Truro Police and Truro Fire Department also plan to have someone take part.

“There’ll be lots of food vendors, so people can grab supper and, or dessert,” said Trefry.

“The Glooscap Kennel Club will be there with dog agility, Dale Grace will perform before the pie eating contest, and later we’ll have Blueberry Grunt on stage.

“The kickoff is also an opportunity to learn more about other events in region.”

It begins at 6 p.m., August 17, in the Truro Civic Square.

Some other blueberry events

St. David's Quilt and Hooked Rug Sale: Friday, Aug. 17 from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Saturday Aug. 18 from 9 a.m.– 4 p.m. at St. David's United Church; corner of Pictou Rd. and St. David's Ave.

Free community skate at the Rath-Eastlink Community Centre: Saturday, Aug. 18, 4-6 p.m.

State Youth Centre Wild Blueberry Pancake Breakfast: August 18, 8-10:30 a.m.- 883 Prince St.

Jost Vineyards Blueberry Festival: August 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. – wine tasting, live music with Rankin MacInnis, menu featuring blueberry-inspired food

Downtown Truro Street Fair: August 25, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. - Prticipating restaurants will be serving up blueberry menu items.

Wild Blueberry Picnic: August 25, 10 a.m. until 2p.m. Tatamagouche - Blueberry desserts, old-fashioned games, baked goods, lunchtime barbecue at the lawn below Bonnyman House on Creamery Road.

Wild Blueberry "Cruise In" ; August 31, 6-8 p.m. at Masstown

Enjoy wild blueberry ice cream while checking out the antique cars.

For more information, visit the Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival website at http://wildblueberryfest.com/

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