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Annual Blueberry Festival Scheduled

Blueberry Festival, Saturday, July 12th, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The members of the Watsontown United Methodist Church invite the community to attend the fourth annual Blueberry Festival, Saturday, July 12th, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the church grounds at 1319 Eighth Street.

 “This year’s festival will be a grand event,” said Chairperson Melinda Pick. “There will be thirty-five vendors both inside and outside offering a variety of crafts and other items for sale. More vendors than in past years,” according to Drew Tomkins, supervisor of vendors. The menu includes blueberry pancakes, pulled-pork sandwiches, hot sausage and walk-away tacos with a selection of toppings.

“There’s something delicious for everyone, including: blueberries featured in baked goods, pies, cheese cake and ice cream sauces,” stated Linda Smith.

“There will also be fun events for the children including a blueberry eating contest,” emphasized Rev. Ryan Krauss, pastor. “The church members have worked diligently to make this a family activity,” he added. “This is our fourth year offering the Blueberry Festival, formally in Dewart, and we are excited about it,” stated Faith Hoover, co-chairperson.

 “The Festival has grown each year with greater attendance and more vendor participation.”   Other summer activities of the church include Vacation Bible School, July 6 – 10. More than 150 young people will gather each night for this year’s program entitled, “Shine.” Kids’ Café-Watsontown continues to offer free lunch and activities at the park each week day through August 20.

The last Saturday of each month Shepherd’s Kitchen offers a free meal beginning at 11 a.m. and the same day Joseph’s Closet makes free clothing available to families of the community between 8 and 11 a.m. Applications are now being accepted for the fall term at Happy Harbor Preschool. Krauss invites the community to worship Sundays at 8 and 10:30 a.m. For additional information contact the church office at 570-538-1017.

(Information from Carl Crawford)

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