The Marshall County Blueberry Festival is Indiana’s largest 4 day festival. Held annually over Labor Day Weekend. A family friendly festival, where all ages can come together to enjoy different kinds of activities, while enjoying each others company. Celebrating its 47th year, we wanted to share five Must See’s in 2013!
1. During a summer storm in June, a large maple tree near Blueberry Information Booth #1 fell. The Plymouth Parks Department cleaned up the debris, but left the large trunk standing. The Blueberry Festival Board of Directors decided in an effort to pay tribute to this long existing festival, that Blueberry Hank would be craved into the tree trunk and become a long standing sample in Marshall County. The carving will be painted by local artist, Larry Holloway. What a great place to have a souvenir photo taken with your family and friends while visiting. Check it out this weekend!.
2. Redwood trees are the tallest trees on the face of the Earth! 72 years ago, Jim Allen was fishing in Northern California. A sudden rain squall rose, and Allen sought shelter in a “goose pen” tree…one of those forest giants which fire had burned nearly hollow some time in the past, but which still lived. A sudden thought stuck him as her waited out the shower, “Why not, make a house from one of these?” See it for yourself this weekend at the festival.
3. Your visit to the festival wouldn’t be complete with blueberry donuts and blueberry ice cream, these are delicious festival staples. Be prepared to wait, these two are popular items and well worth the wait.
4. Be sure not to miss free entertainment of 3 stages throughout the 4 days of the festival. Gospel acts include musicians such at the Red Roots, Mercy’s Well, and The Dove Brother Band. Headliner After Midnight will be performing Saturday evening on the Michigan Street Stage, while Jetta & the Jellybeans and Silly Safari are children’s programs on the Jefferson Stage.
5. One of the most anticipated events during the Blueberry Festival is the annual Fireworks display. Bring your blankets and your family and watch the hot air balloons light up before the spectacular fireworks show on Sunday evening at dusk. Also, you can’t miss the Labor Day Parade down Michigan Street that begins at 9am. Over 100 units will be on display 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!
Blueberry Festival hours are August 30 5pm-9pm, August 31 9am-9pm, September 1 9am-9pm, and September 2 9am-6pm. Have a happy Labor Day Weekend!