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Blueberry Festival returns to Okemo July 24

LUDLOW, Vt. – July is National Blueberry Month and Okemo Mountain Resort is celebrating with its second annual Blueberry Festival presented by SouthFace Village At Okemo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, July 24.

Okemo’s family-friendly celebration of this healthy superfood will begin in the Jackson Gore Inn courtyard. Visitors can start their day with a blueberry pancake brunch for $12 per person. Lots of blueberry treats will be available from several vendors: New England Hot Fudge, Big Eyes Bakery, The Southern Pie Company, Gloria’s Pantry and Wildwood Berry Farm. Kids will want to make their own tie-dye T-shirt while singing along to the kid friendly tunes of Mister Chris. A blueberry pie eating contest, at 12:30 p.m., will be an event highlight. In the afternoon, a bus will depart for blueberry picking at a nearby PYO farm. Seats are limited, so pickers must call (802) 228-1948 to reserve a seat. Admission to the Mister Chris performance is free. The blueberry pancake brunch is $12 and T-shirt tie-dye is $12 for kids and $15 for adults.

Okemo’s Adventure Zone will be operating throughout the day for lots of family fun. Visitors can rip, zip and flip their way from one gravity-gripping adventure to the next. Among Okemo’s Adventure Zone features are a mountain coaster, a treetop challenge course, bungee trampoline jumping, miniature golf, a mining sluice and much more. Each of Okemo’s Adventure Zone features is priced individually or visitors can purchase an Adventure Zone Day Pass wristband.

Though native to America, it wasn’t until 1916 that the first crop of cultivated blueberries made their way from farm to table, according to the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. American Indians recognized the health benefits and versatility of wild blueberries, using them for medicinal purposes and as a flavoring in food. By the 1990s, health researchers began to identify blueberries as being high in antioxidants, vital in countering free radicals, the harmful byproducts of cellular metabolism that can contribute to cancer and other age-related diseases.

For more information about Okemo’s Blueberry Festival, visit okemo.com or call (802) 228-1600.

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Contact: Bonnie MacPherson, director of public relations
Okemo Mountain Resort | 77 Okemo Ridge Road | Ludlow, VT 05149
802-228-1947 | pr@okemo.com