At the Ex

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The 99th edi­tion of the Cum­ber­land County Ex­hi­bi­tion con­tin­ues in Ox­ford through Satur­day with the an­nual pa­rade be­gin­ning at 1 p.m. cel­e­brat­ing 150 years of agri­cul­ture and the al­ways pop­u­lar wild blue­berry bake-o at 4:30 p.m.

AMHERST – Blueberries are a quiet fruit for much of the year.

That all changed on Satur­day dur­ing the 2017 Wild Blue­berry Har­vest Festival.

Blueberries ran as fast as they could from the blue­berry fields sur­round­ing Amherst and into Vic­to­ria Square where they danced and burst with joy.

At noon blueberries were part of the blue­berry mouth-full com­pe­ti­tion, the blue­berry scooprace, and the al­ways-pop­u­lar blue­berry pie-eat­ing con­test.

Also, blueberries were stomped dur­ing the Manasseh Blue­berry Stomp.

All day long there was a Kids Zone where kids bungee jumped, played in bouncy cas­tles, went on wagon rides, and rode ponies.

Dave Mathieson – Amherst News

Kids had fun in the Manasseh blue­berry stomp. Af­ter stomp­ing the blueberries, the kids strained them to pro­duce blue­berry juice.

Dave Mathieson – Amherst News

Three-year-old Har­ri­son Cooke gets help bounc­ing on the bungee.

Dave Mathieson – Amherst News

Fam­i­lies en­joyed the pup­pet show put on by Mag­gie’s Place and the Four Fa­thers Memo­rial Li­brary.

Dave Mathieson – Amherst News

Jor­dan King gets set to drop his spoon­ful of blueberries into a cup with Jor­dan Hunter close be­hind.

Dave Mathieson – Amherst News

Kathy Wells (left) com­pared the amount of blue­berry juice she pro­duced to El­iz­a­beth Smith-McCrossin. They stomped the blueberries and then strained them.

Dave Mathieson – Amherst News

Amherst Ram­blers hockey player Jor­dan King looks up and takes a break while Jor­dan Hunter and Hal Dav­i­son sat­isfy their hunger. Dav­i­son won the pie-eat­ing con­test.

Dave Mathieson – Amherst News

Emily Ros­song, right, asks five-year-old Cal Wells if he is go­ing to be OK. Also in the blue­berry pie-eat­ing con­test is Chris Hill.

Dave Mathieson – Amherst News

Five-year-old Layla Bel­liveau and five-year-old Cal Wells get set to take part in the blue­berry-mouth-fill com­pe­ti­tion.

Dave Mathieson – Amherst News

Seven-year-old Tea­gan Pritchard had fun bounc­ing on the bungee.

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