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Berries and more in Cloverdale this weekend

A festival favourite is the blueberry pie eating contest.  - Boaz Joseph / The Leader
A festival favourite is the blueberry pie eating contest.
— image credit: Boaz Joseph / The Leader

It’s a festival that showcases so much of what Cloverdale has to offer.

The 11th annual Cloverdale Blueberry Festival Aug. 16 is the ultimate community celebration, blending food, family fun, music and more. There’s even a good, old-fashioned pie-eating contest.

Presented by the Cloverdale BIA and the Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce, the signature event is the Blueberry Show ’n Shine (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.),  concentrated along 176 and 176A streets. Cloverdale’s main drag turns into a pedestrian-friendly boulevard filled with restored and custom motorcycles, trucks and street rods. Be sure to chat up the owners – they love to talk about their metal and machine babies.

Peruse vendors markets and local merchants, and fuel up at community pancake breakfasts and barbecues. Both the Cloverdale Legion and the Cloverdale Lions Club will be serving up blueberry pancake breakfasts, starting at 7:30 a.m. And the Cloverdale Rotary Club hosts a barbecue at Hawthorne Square, next to the main stage, featuring DJ Chuck and Elvis Elite (Steve Elliott), back to woo the crowds.

Under the clock at Surrey Museum Plaza, look for the Cloverdale United Church’s popular blueberry pie sale, alongside the Blueberry Arts Festival with art, performances and more from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Inside the museum, check out the free Fibre Crafts Festival. Outside, the Surrey Pioneer Firefighters Association holds a Fire Truck Open House from 1-4 p.m.

The B.C. Country Music Association presents the Berry Country Music Showcase at Brick Yard Station, where there’s also a sidewalk sale, the Outlaw RC Blueberry 500 race, Kids Area, berry vendors and more.

For full coverage of the 11th annual Cloverdale Blueberry Festival, check out our Aug. 14 print edition. Full coverage starts on page 9.

 

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