The Blueberry Festival in Plymouth, Indiana: It’s a Berry Good Time!

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The Blueberry Festival in Plymouth, Indiana: It’s a Berry Good Time!

The Plymouth, Indiana Blueberry Festival: Fried Veggies!

The Plymouth, Indiana Blueberry Festival: Fried Veggies!

The end of summer may pass by with little notice in some parts of the world…but not in Plymouth, Indiana who celebrates with The Blueberry Festival!

Labor Day weekend marks the beginning of one of the top festivals in the Midwest with its annual Blueberry Festival.

The Blueberry Festival in Plymouth, Indiana

Attracting hordes of people from states around, The Blueberry Festival, or “Blueberry,” is a major draw to little Plymouth.

Sure, I’d heard about how massive and wonderful the three days of Blueberry are, but didn’t get a chance to see for myself until last year when I was walking, walking, walking in my ninth month of pregnancy. Just…wow!

This isn’t one of those things where you go in expecting to be amazed and instead it’s a disappointing bunch of yard sale cast-offs. Sure, the guys selling “buy one get two free” are around, but so are antiques and art and loads of handcrafted goodness. I found a snazzy red lamp for $10!

Blueberry Festival Food

The Blueberry Festival in Plymouth, Indiana: Steak and Cheese

The Blueberry Festival in Plymouth, Indiana: Steak and CheeseWhat blueberry goodies did I see this year?

Bring on the deep-fried, artery-clogging goodness! Find everything fried and fabulous…and even a little strange. I mean, do we really need fried candy bars? There are many, many food vendors: German, Polish, Italian, Greek, Mexican. You won’t be bored.

But the star of the festival is everything blueberry! What blueberry goodies did I see this year?

Blueberry-topped ice cream sundaes, blueberry milkshakes, blueberry cheesecake, blueberry cider slush, blueberry fudge, blueberry cobbler, pie, and more! It’s a blueberry bonanza! After walking through the wall of tempting food vendors, you’ll start getting into the crafts, woodworking, and even blacksmith vendors.

Things to Do at The Blueberry Festival

There’s games, rides, a camp of Civil War Re-enactors,  and a good selection of rides for kids. This time around they had a small roller coaster and the giant slide. There was even a fun house and circus train, just to name a few.

Probably one of the best and most unique attractions of The Blueberry Festival is The Hot Air Affair, the hot air balloon event. This was also the site of one of my first major writing gigs.

This annual Indiana town to-do attracts hot air balloon enthusiasts from all over the country and frequent launches add to the whole festive, fun atmosphere. Little ones in particular think it’s pretty incredible.  But then again, so do I.

Go There

Blueberry Ice Cream at the Plymouth, Indiana Blueberry Festival

Blueberry Ice Cream at the Plymouth, Indiana Blueberry Festival

If you get a chance to go next year, take it! Here’s a time-saving tip from me: Park at Plymouth High School.  All proceeds go to various school clubs and you get a free ride on The Tram.

The Blueberry Festival is big enough without adding a ton of extra walking just to get to the entrance!

Small Towns: Destinations, not Drive-Thrus! I’m Jessica Nunemaker and THIS is little Indiana!

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The Blueberry Festival in Plymouth, Indiana in Marshall County

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