Looking Back: ‘50s celebration of blueberries at Country Fest

Old-fashioned fun new part of festival in Albion Flats

Blueberry Queen contestants pose at a sorting machine at Blueboy Blueberries in 1957.

Looking Back

By Leslie Norman

A resurrected Pitt Meadows Blueberry Festival is part of the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Country Fest celebrations this weekend at the Albion Fairgrounds.

Harking back to the 1950s blueberry festivals, there will be pie-eating contests and cook-offs, judging of the best-decorated bonnets, bikes, walkers and strollers.

The Blueberry Festival committee has been meeting since the early winter, brainstorming for how to bring back this old blueberry tradition and were lucky to have Country Fest organizer Lorraine Bates help out with organizing and providing the venue to run the event. At the Pitt Meadows Museum’s booth, there will be blueberry crafts and experiments for kids as well as exhibits and pioneer gadgets.

And if this is July, then it must be Heritage Thursdays for Children season at the Pitt Meadows Museum.

This year, our theme is “From Moo to Pooh:  the Heritage of Agriculture.”

Kia Mansoor is this year’s summer student in charge of the program and she has produced some phenomenal sessions with more to come in August.

Heritage Thursdays runs from 1 to 3  p.m., July 31 through Aug. 20.  For more info, contact Kia at the Pitt Meadows Museum at 604-465-4322 or at pittmeadowsmuseum@telus.net.

 

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