Blueberry Harvest Festival livens up the Wentworth Learning Centre
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.