• By Kirk Gaw

Annual Blueberry Festival Happening August 31st - September 3rd 2018

It's that time of year again! Labor Day Weekend is usually, synonymous, with the annual Marshall County Blueberry Festival happening next weekend in Plymouth. Thousands of Walkertonians plan their Labor Day events there! It all started in 1966, after the Plymouth Jaycees organized a Labor Day Celebration for Marshall County, to observe Indiana's sesquicentennial.

The celebration was so successful a group of citizens formed a board of directors, to organize an annual festival. With Marshall County providing one third of Indiana's Blueberry Crop at the time, the board chose to call the festival, The Marshall County Blueberry Festival. Who knew this humble celebration would grow to be Indiana's largest four-day festival?

The Blueberry Festival's main objectives are; to provide quality family activities at little or no cost, and a venue for Marshall County's many Not-for-Profit to raise funds. Most organizations that participate are able to generate all their operating costs for the year from the profits made at the festival.

Craft, Commercial & Food Vendors are an integral part of the Blueberry Festival. Over 300 craft vendors from all across the United States showcase their goods. Local and regional businesses take the opportunity to promote their products and services in the commercial area. And what would a festival be without food.

With 100 booths to choose from there is a tasty treat for everyone. Of course blueberries are in abundance especially in our non-for-profit area. These groups offer the very best in blueberry delights like blueberry pie, blueberry ice cream, blueberry shakes, sundaes, donuts, blueberry cheesecake and just plain blueberries! Sports activities abound all four days of the festival from youth to adult activities including softball, tennis, volleyball, arm wrestling, garden tractor pulls, horse pull, kiddie tractor pedal pull. Annual events such as the Hoosier Old Wheels Antique Car Show, the wildly popular Blueberry Stomp 5K/15K run, Bicycle Cruise, hot air balloon launches and glow, the fabulous Labor Day Parade, Historic Americana, and the spectacular fireworks display.

Enjoy entertainment on 3 stages all weekend long, there is not cost or reservations needed. Other events and activities take place all weekend long in the community as well. With over 400 crafters from all across the United States our vendors offer an extensive display of arts and crafts.

Located throughout the park, festival goers can choose from unique handcrafted jewelry, wire art and pottery, to soaps, wood crafts and wreaths. Sales start Friday, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Monday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Blueberry Festival offers over 100 food booths featuring a wide assortment of tastes. Blueberries of course including pies, cheese cake, donuts and who can resist great blueberry ice cream. Come experience the flavors of the festival with pork chop sandwiches, Italian roast beef, corn on the cob and so much more.

Thousands will attend the Blueberry Stomp! All athletes will line up on Michigan St. near the entrance of the KFC parking lot.

The 1 mile Fun Run will start at 8:30 am EST and finish before the start of the Stomp.

15K Wheelchair race will start at 9 am EST. 5k & 15k Race will start together immediately following the start of the Wheelchair race.

The 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.

On Sunday, September 2nd come for one of the largest fireworks displays in the Midwest at the Blueberry Festival. Weather and wind permitting, this spectacular show takes place at approximately 9:15 p.m. Set up your chairs or spread out a blanket in the fields east of the carnival at Centennial Park. Be prepared to be dazzled as the fireworks explode in a symphony of vision and light.

Hot Air Balloons grace the sky at the Blueberry Festival with multiple group launches and shine brightly in the annual Blueberry Balloon Glow on Sunday, September 2, 2018, just before the Giant Fireworks show. Balloonists will be in Plymouth once again showcasing their skills and entertaining the crowds. All events are subject to change and are determined on weather and wind at the time of launch for safety concerns.

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