Montrose Turns a Festive Shade of Blue
By Sandra Raub
The Susquehanna County seat played host to thousands of visitors of all ages at the 32nd Blueberry Festival, held on Aug. 5 and 6 on the village green. Both local residents and visitors shopped the wares and sampled the treats that are traditional parts of this annual event honoring the popular summer fruit, as well as coming together to help support the Susquehanna County Historical Society and Free Library Association.
The festival encompasses not only blueberries in virtually every form, from muffins to pizza, but also children’s games and family entertainment, a silent auction, and a white elephant sale, along with a book sale, with new books offered as well as the vast selection of titles in ever-popular used book sale tent. This year, over 25,000 hardcover titles were offered in the tents set up on the Green, along with an assortment of paperbacks, musical recordings and videos, multi-volume sets and religious books assembled in the former Liberty Carpet building behind Montrose Sporting Goods.
A quilt to be raffled was donated by Magic Needles Quilt Guild, and a gift basket raffle rounded out the major fund-raising aspects of this popular event, which helps support the county’s museum and genealogy research center, main library, three branch libraries, Books-By-Mail and Books-On-Wheels.
Throughout each day, food was a large part of the festival, from blueberry crepes and pancakes to hot dogs and hamburgers, pizza and lemonade, not to mention blueberry muffins, pies, jams, jellies and more. The ice cream stand, where one could have your blueberry fun doubled by a sweet slice of blueberry buckle topped with blueberry ice cream, seemed to have the longest waiting line throughout the day on Friday.
Music and entertainment have always been a big part of the festival as well, and these were provided by local musicians, dance groups and theater troupes. Impromptu dance lessons drew enthusiastic members of the audience to try their feet at a hip hop routine or get their Latin on with a zumba number. A massed band concert was scheduled for Saturday, under the direction of organizer Johanna Reed.