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Blueberries help church blossom

By Staff | Aug 1, 2018

BARB BARRETT/The Luminary Nancy Eck of Montgomery is hoping to win the quilt made and donated by Nancy Jarrett during the 4th annual Blueberry Festival.

MONTGOMERY – The fourth annual blueberry festival was held on Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Brick Lutheran Church in Montgomery. Organizers said this year was the best attendance they had so far.

Sixty pounds of blueberries were donated by Green Barn Berry Farm according to chairperson, Nancy Gruver. A committee of 8 adults and 2 nine year old children spent a week picking the blueberries, and they were able to finish before all the rain came. “We picked them the week before the rain,” Gruver said.

From the blueberries, the church committee made 46 pies. “It was like an assembly line,” Gruver added. “We averaged 5 to 6 hours every day last week and made everything ourselves. We all work well together.”

The event is held every year on the last weekend of July or close to August. “We don’t want to interfere with the fair time,” Gruver added. The event was started by a former church member, Terri Bieber, who has since passed away. “We wanted to keep it going.”

Many hand made items were raffled as well as 52 baskets. Dinner was served and Nancy Jarrett made a quilt she donated for a raffle.

BARB BARRETT/The Luminary 52 baskets were donated and raffled during the annual Blueberry Festival in Montgomery on Saturday night.

Robyn M. Schreiber of Green Barn Berry Farm and her family attended the festival and said, “There are still loads of blueberries in the fields.We will continue to pick blueberries until August fourth.”

BARB BARRETT/The Luminary 60 pounds of blueberries were used to make 46 pies for the Blueberry Festival at the “Brick” Lutheran Church on Rt. 405 in Montgomery.