35th annual Blueberry Festival

By Caroline Goggin

August 1, 2014 Updated Aug 1, 2014 at 6:58 PM EDT

Montrose, PA (WBNG Binghamton) The 35th annual Blueberry Festival kicked off Friday morning in Montrose.

As to be expected, blueberries were everywhere and in everything.

Volunteers made homemade blueberry buckle, with ice cream, a crumble and blueberry sauce, as well as blueberry muffins and blueberry pizza.

"We will sell 800 quarts of blueberries, which is more than a thousand pounds of fresh blueberries," said festival volunteer Beth Vaccaro.

1,000 pounds will feed the thousands of people that come out to take part in the festivities.

"People in this area really love anything that's local and gets people together and brings people out," said festival vendor Nancy Addice.

The event started 35 years ago with the hope to support local libraries. Support of these institutions was necessary after state funding was cut.

Over the years, the festival has grown far beyond its roots. Organizers said the community is on board and in full support.

"Every dollar that comes in during our two day event goes into our operating budget," said library administrator Sue Stone. "We support libraries here in Montrose, Forest City, Hallstead and Susquehanna."

The immense support has made this event a staple for not only the town, but the whole county.

"You must stand at the top of the green and look at the community and everyone who comes out and has fun. It is amazing," said festival volunteer June Wootton.

The event will continue on Saturday at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast.

Admission is free for all.

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