LETTER:In praise of the Blueberry festival

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Their plans may have been battered and bruised by torrents of rain but kudos to the Brigus Blueberry Festival organizers and concessionaires for their determination and confidence in charging full speed ahead with this year's 27th annual event.



We enjoyed a few hours there on Saturday (Aug. 9) morning, including a delicious breakfast of fish'n brewis at the hall.

It was delectable, well-organized and with all the trimmings. You can't beat our Newfoundland cooks for sure. 

Lovely parade. It was well done too.  

To the organizers of the parade, which was no doubt a risky venture with bad weather pending and a rainy night before, that will not be soon forgotten.

We stood on the roadside and watched with delight. There were dancers, children dressed up with blueberry heads, fire trucks, antique cars and trucks, as well as children on bicycles. We enjoyed it immensely because of the fearless effort that went into it.

It may have been small but the spirit and the confidence shown made it just as entertaining as if we were watching the famous Macy's parade at Christmas time. Great job guys — congratulations.

A special salute to Vanda Maunder.

I was delighted to chat with one of Brigus' finest gentlemen. Eighty-three-year-old George Jerrett, who retired last year after many many years of service to his community and especially to the Brigus Blueberry Festivals over  the years.

George was always the likeable emcee at the opening ceremonies. Good luck George, you are a true Newfoundlander and still a great entertainer.

Keep well, I hope to see you there for many more years to come.

The Brigus Blueberry festival is one event in the year we never miss.  We look forward to next year rain or shine.

— Bill Westcott writes from Clarke's Beach

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