Blue­berry Har­vest Fes­ti­val livens up the Wentworth Learn­ing Cen­tre

The Amherst News - - COMMUNITY -

The third an­nual Show and Shine took place Aug.19 at the Wentworth Learn­ing Cen­tre.

This event in­cluded a quilt show and sale, kids’ zone, blue­berry cafe, bar­be­cue, fire truck dis­play, and mul­ti­ple ven­dors and is part of the Nova Sco­tia Wild Blue­berry Har­vest Fes­ti­val.

The Wentworth Learn­ing Cen­tre Co­op­er­a­tive is a paid mem­ber of the Nova Sco­tia Wild Blue­berry Fes­ti­val Co­op­er­a­tive which al­lows us to host events each year.

The event is a joint fundraiser with Wentworth Learn­ing Cen­tre Co­op­er­a­tive and the Wentworth Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment.

This year more than 600 peo­ple at­tended, and more than 100 cars were on dis­play. Win­ners were voted on and re­ceived a Peo­ple’s Choice tro­phy, spon­sored by Ver­non Sprague & Sons Ltd. The win­ning car was a Sun­liner.

In­side, mem­bers of the Quilt­ing Bees hosted a quilt show and sale with more than 40 quilts on dis­play. Join­ing them were a cou­ple of fab­ric/quilt­ing ven­dors. Other items sold in­cluded home­made soaps, maple syrup, fresh blue berries and straw­ber­ries, baked goods, craft beer, moon­shine and vodka.

“My hus­band, Avard, and I have been in busi­ness for maple syrup and blue­ber­ries since 1981 and live in Westch­ester,” said ven­dor Jean Bent­ley of Bent­ley’s Blue­ber­ries. “We have five chil­dren: Michael works full-time with us and Mar­ney helps out dur­ing blue­berry time. We have 50,000 trees for tap­ping maple syrup. We also have a blue­berry busi­ness.”

Other ven­dors in­cluded Spry Bay Soap & Bath Co. with soaps “in­spired by the sea,” and Mrs. Pu­g­ley’s Em­po­rium, which boasts of “sell­ing fab­ric and more had a pop-up shop at the Wentworth Blue­berry Fes­ti­val.

In the kitchen, the Blue­berry Cafe treated guests to all-day break­fasts con­sist­ing of dif­fer­ent kinds of pan­cakes and desserts. Out­side fire­fight­ers hosted a bar­be­cue.

The kids’ zone con­sisted of a 24-foot rock climb­ing wall, two bouncy cas­tles, a slip-and-slide, and a “loose parts” play­ground, con­sist­ing of re-pur­posed junk in­clud­ing old tires, bath­tubs and other items.

Coun­cil­lor for Dis­trict 6, Bar­bara Palmer added her im­pres­sions

“It was great to see the com­mu­nity sup­port for a lo­cal event,” she said. “There was some­thing for every­one. An event like this is not pos­si­ble with­out count­less hours put in by vol­un­teers. Each and ev­ery one who took part in this event should be proud of their con­tri­bu­tion in mak­ing this event a suc­cess.”


A vin­tage pink Sun­liner was named the Peo­ple’s Choice Win­ner at the show and shine.

About 100 cars were on dis­play at the show and shine, for those at­tend­ing the Blue­berry Fes­ti­val at the Wentworth Learn­ing Cen­tre.

In­side, the quilt show and sale was or­ga­nized by mem­bers of The Wentworth Quilt­ing Bees.

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