Blueberry Mania Takes Over

By Brandi Devine

August 3, 2012 Updated Aug 3, 2012 at 6:27 PM EDT

Montrose, PA (WBNG Binghamton) While the weather has been tough on our lawns and most crops, it's been perfect for blueberries.

The berries are in season and just in time for one local town's annual Blueberry Festival.

It's the 33rd annual Blueberry Festival.

Growers and pickers say it was an excellent year for the fruit.

Jim O'Brian and his wife have lived in Montrose for 65 years.

They come back from Florida each year just to sell blueberries at the festival.

With the large number of berries, comes an even bigger workload.

"The picking. Sometimes you leave the house at seven in the morning and by the time you get done picking and sorting you might not get done before seven or eight tonight," said O'Brian.

One year, O'Brian says they picked nearly half a ton of blueberries.

It's much appreciated by berry lovers, as they struggle to pick their favorite treat.

"The food. Did you see the blueberry shortcake over there? Oh that's really good you need to go get some of that," said berry lover, Jim Ebert.

If you don't like the shortcake, there's blueberry ice cream, blueberry muffins, blueberry crisp, and blueberry pie.

It's a well known event in the community, but for some, finding the festival was an accident.

"It was in a brochure that I found that I picked up in New York probably last year and it said Montrose Blueberry Festival and I said well that's not far from where I'm headed so I said we'll stop and get some blueberries. We're having a grand time got a big bag of blueberries. We're good to go," said Ebert.

The festival gives everyone a chance to gather together on the Green.

"It's great. It's a good time for everybody and It benefits the library," said O'Brian.

The Library is hoping to build a new building to provide more space for visitors and books.

Money raised will go towards that goal.

The Blueberry Festival will continue Saturday, running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m..