Last week’s blog was all about what our community offers over Labor Day weekend instead of our famous Blueberry Festival. This week’s blog will again contain entertainment over Labor Day weekend, but will be associated with the Blueberry. The events below are in association with the Blueberry Festival, but not held in the park or through the Blueberry office! Next week’s blog will be all about the Blueberry, so be sure to stay tuned in!
The first annual Blueberry Open Water Swim will be held on Myers Lake. All proceeds will be of this event will go to the “Plymouth Sharks – Build a Pool Fund” c/o the Marshall County Community Foundation.
The address of the event is 14811 12th Road, Plymouth, IN. This will be the ending point in the swim. Swimmers will be escorted via watercraft to the beginning point. This will provide an opportunity to view the course prior the race. Parking will be available at this location. If swimmers prefer they may be dropped off at the beginning location, 12086 Peach Road, Plymouth, IN. However be aware parking will not be available at that location.
September 4, 2016
Check in 8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Warm-ups 8::45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Pre-Race Safety Briefing 9:45 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.
Race Start 10:00 a.m.
Race End 11:00 a.m.
July 1 thru August 1 …..$25
August 2 thru August 15 …..$35
September 4, day of registration …..$40
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Entries must be postmarked no later than August 15, 2016.
Blueberry Splash form link: http://blueberryfestival.org/forms/2016/splash.pdf
COURSE: 3/4 mile straight line, adding 1/4 mile angle back to finish.
ELIGIBILITY: On the day of the event swimmers age of 11 years old and older are eligible for this event.
The Ancilla College Alumni Association, in association with the annual Marshall County Blueberry Festival, will host its annual bicycle tour Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016, in Plymouth, Ind. Routes cover 31, 41, 62 miles, and a special family tour of 16 miles to the Menominee Monument. The tour has won wide acclaim for being well organized and scenic with outstanding SAGs (support and gear.)
“This is the 26th year for this great event. It appeals to casual family riders as well as serious bicyclists and covers a number of beautiful, well-supported routes,” said Development and Alumni Relations Manager Emily Hutsell, organizer of the event. “Best of all, money raised from the hundreds of participants go to scholarships for our students, many of whom are completely reliant on Ancilla’s generous financial aid.”
The cost of the BBC is $20 per person before Aug. 19, 2016, and $25 per person after Aug. 19. The maximum fee for families (parents & children only please) is $35, ($55 after Aug. 19). The cost includes refreshments, SAG stops, and a map of the route with emergency numbers. Refunds are will NOT be made after the application is accepted.
To register, participants can pay securely online at www.ancilla.edu/BBC, download paper form on that page and mail it in, call Ancilla College at 574.936.8898 x. 355 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration forms are also available at the Blueberry Festival office, 233 E. Jefferson St. Plymouth, Ind.
Wearing an approved helmet is MANDATORY.
Hoosier Old Wheels, Inc. in conjunction with the Blueberry Festival will celebrate the 44th Annual Hoosier Old Wheels Car Show & Swap Meet. (featuring Antique Cars, Rods, Customs & Trucks) Takes place on Sunday, September 4, 2016!
6-11AM : Gates Open for Swappers & Car Show
8AM : Walk-In Gates Open (Admission charge: $2, 12 & under free with adult)
8-11AM : Registration. This is IMPORTANT! Your judging sheets, drawing ticket, and goodie bag are all there!
9AM-1:30PM : Drive-thru judging
9AM-2:30PM : Prizes & drawing
2:30PM : SHOWTIME (Walk-in gates close)
START TIMES & START LINE
All athletes will line up on Michigan Street near the entrance of the KFC parking lot.
1-mile Fun Run will start at 8:30 a.m. and finish before the start of the Stomp.
15k Wheelchair Race will start at 9 a.m.
5k & 15k Races will start together immediately following the start of the wheelchair race.
**Shirt sizes are only guaranteed with pre-registration by 8/5/2016
5k, 15k & 15k Wheelchair race entries postmarked before 8/5/2016….$27
5k, 15k & 15k Wheelchair race entries received after 8/6/2016………$35
Fun Run with T-Shirt….$10 Fun Run with no T-shirt…..$5
ONLINE REGISTRATION closes at 6:00 p.m. on 9/2/16…………….$25
(Check made payable to: Adams Street Ministries, Inc.
P.O. Box 104
Plymouth, IN 46563
** We ONLY accept Credit/Debit Cards for Online Registration **)
RACE PACKET PICK-UP
Packets may be picked up at the Road Runner Pavilion in Centennial Park on 9/4/16 from 2-4 p.m. and on Race Day from 7-8 a.m. Parking is available in several lots around the park for a small fee.
1-MILE FUN RUN starting at 8:30
This is a non-competitive run mainly for children and starts at the south edge of Centennial Park.
Starting at the south edge of Centennial Park, this is a beautiful out-and-back tree-lined course through residential Plymouth. Official times will be given up to 50 minutes. Course closes at 11 a.m. At that point all athletes must move to the sidewalks & follow normal traffic laws.
This course also starts at the south edge of Centennial Park through downtown Plymouth and out into the beautiful countryside. This is an out-and-back course that follows the 5K course for the first & last three quarters of a mile viewed by 50,000 spectators. The 5k & 15k courses split on Oakhill Ave. soon after the 15k course becomes a challenge to even the best of runners with its rolling hills. Water is available at the starting line area and several different areas along the course and at the finish. Course closes at 11 a.m. At that point all athletes must move to the sidewalks & follow normal traffic laws.
There is nothing quite like a parade and the Blueberry Festival’s is one of the best. Over 100 units participate in this hometown favorite event. Local high school bands delight the nearly 20,000 spectators with their unique cadences and melodies. Fire trucks, police units, classic cars and antiques tractors are in abundance. Of course there are plenty of floats representing different organizations and festivals including our very own Miss Blueberry & her court. Cheer for the Blueberry Stomp runners as they make their way to the finish line along the parade route. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and sit in the shade of the tree line streets of Plymouth and enjoy the Marshall County Blueberry Festival Labor Day parade!
Parade Entry Lineup – 7:00 a.m.
Fun Run – 8:30 a.m.
Blueberry Stomp 5K & 15K Road Race – 9:00 a.m.
Parade – 9:30 a.m.
Stay tuned in for next weeks blog on all there is to do at the Marshall County Blueberry Festival!
(All information is found on the Blueberry Festival and Ancilla College webpages!)