July 25, 2012

Maine's blueberry festivals, pie-baking contests and pick-your-own

Compiled by Meredith Goad, staff writer

36th ANNUAL BLUEBERRY FAIR IN KENNEBUNK

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Maine blueberry festivals feature pie-baking – and pie-eating – contests.

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Some Maine blueberry festivals feature pancakes.

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PICK YOUR OWN

HERE ARE some southern Maine farms where you can pick highbush blueberries. It's always a good idea to call ahead to be sure they're open. Most places take cash only, or cash and checks only, so don't count on your credit card to get your blueberry fix.

ACTON

BLUEBERRY HILL FARM

231 Blueberry Hill Farm, off Foxes Ridge Road, 457-1151

blueberryhillfarm.us

HOURS: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Bring your own containers.

BOWDOIN

CARD'S FRUIT FARM

195 John Small Road, 353-4789

HOURS: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

BUXTON

ESTES FARM

114 Waterman Road, 929-4801

estesberryfarm.com

HOURS: Call or check the website

LEBANON

BERRY BEST FARM

33 Colburn Way, 457-1435

berrybestfarm.com

HOURS: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Closed Mondays.

LIMERICK

LIBBY & SON U-PICK

86 Sawyer Mountain Road (follow u-pick signs off Route 11 in Limerick)

793-4749

www.libbysonupicks.com/open-status

HOURS: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, but sometimes they are closed a day or two for ripening. Call first, or check the website.

SANFORD

PAYEUR'S PICK YOUR OWN BLUEBERRIES

Otis Allen Road, just off of Route 4 in South Sanford by the Country Club Golf Course, 324-3200

HOURS: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

SEBAGO

CRABTREE'S BLUEBERRIES

Route 107, 1.5 miles north of Town Hall

787-2730

crabcoll.com/blueberry/homepage.html

HOURS: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday

WELLS

SPILLER FARM U-PICK

85 Spiller Farm Lane, 985-2575

spillerfarm.com

HOURS: Most days 8 to 11 a.m. Call first.

WHERE: First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 114 Main St. (Routes 1 and 35)

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

WHAT: Blueberry muffins and pies, chowder luncheon, raffle, 40 artisans and crafters from all over New England

INFO: 985-3700

36th ANNUAL MACHIAS BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL

WHERE: Various venues downtown

WHEN: Aug. 17-19

WHAT: Baking and pie-eating contests, blueberry farm tours, more than 200 craft booths, foot races, Blackfly Ball, parade, blueberry quilt raffle

WHAT ELSE: Blueberry-themed musical comedy "East Side Story" runs Aug. 15 to 18. Tickets are $13 for adults and $5 for children. The musical usually sells out, so call ahead for tickets.

INFO: 255-6665

MIDCOAST UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL & HARVEST FAIR

WHERE: Round Top Farm, Business Route 1 (upper Main St.), Damariscotta

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 11

WHAT: Art and crafts vendors, home-baked blueberry pastries, children's activities, music, food, handmade blueberry fabric items, hundreds of quarts of freshly raked native berries for sale.

INFO: David Bailey, 563-2105

RANGELEY BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL

WHERE: Rangeley Inn, 2443 Main St.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 16

WHAT: Blueberry jams, muffins and pies; gifts and crafts; entertainment for children.

INFO: 864-5364

WEST GORHAM UNION CHURCH ANNUAL BLUEBERRY GALA

WHERE: West Gorham Union Church, Route 25, three miles west of Gorham

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 18

WHAT: Blueberry bake sale, fresh blueberries for sale, hot dogs, pier fries, fried dough, silent auction, yard sale

INFO: 839-5946

WILD BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL AT UNION FAIR

WHERE: Union Fairgrounds, on Common Road off the Union Common

WHEN: Blueberry activities are scheduled for Aug. 19 and Aug. 24

WHAT: Wild Blueberry Queen contest; kids' wild blueberry pie-eating contest; blueberry spitting contest; wild blueberry pancake breakfast; wild blueberry muffin contest; free individual blueberry pies to all fair patrons on Aug. 24

HOW MUCH: New one-price fair admission of $12 includes unlimited rides; children under 4 free; $5 senior citizens day (63 and up) Tuesday

INFO: unionfair.org

30th ANNUAL WILTON BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL

WHERE: Various venues in Wilton

WHEN: Aug. 3-4

WHAT: Free concert, parade, vendors, crafts, fireworks, blueberry bazaar, blueberry cook-off, horse-drawn wagon rides, boat tours of Wilson Lake, firetruck rides, quilt and rug show

INFO: www.wiltonbbf.com

41st ANNUAL WINSLOW BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL

WHERE: Winslow Congregational Church, 12 Lithgow St.

WHEN: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 11

WHAT: Blueberry pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m.; homemade blueberry pies; silent auction; large yard sale; blueberry cafe

INFO: 872-2544; www.winslowucc.org/home

ADDITIONAL BLUEBERRY PIE CONTESTS

AUG. 4: 1 p.m., Wild Maine Blueberry Pie Contest at the Northern Maine Fair & Music Festival, Presque Isle. For rules, go to www.northernmainefairgrounds.com/images/pdfs2012/2012_Pie-A-Poloosa_Contest.pdf

AUG. 7: 1 p.m., Blueberry Pie Contest, 158th Topsham Fair, Topsham Fairgrounds on Route 196. topshamfair.net

SEPT. 1: 1 p.m., Wild Blueberry Pie Baking Contest, Blue Hill Fair, Route 172, Blue Hill. There's also a Wild Blueberry Muffin Baking Contest the same day. Bluehillfair.com

OCT. 2: 1 p.m., Blueberry Dessert Contest, Fryeburg Fair, 1154 Main St. Fryeburgfair.org

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