Blueberry festival this weekend

Christopher Vaughan
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These young people had fun just hanging out at last year’s festival. From left: Jessica Doucette, Amber O’Neill, Tiffany Messervey, Damien White, Spencer Reid and Lexi Bennett.

It’s going to be a thrill on Blueberry Hill.

The 21st annual St. George’s Blueberry Festival takes places this weekend.

“The big act that we are bringing in this year is ‘British Invasion’ – a tribute band based out of Montreal,” said Selina White, festival committee member.

“They will be providing a tribute to the most renowned UK artists who ever graced the stages internationally over the past five decades.”

The concert, being held on Saturday, features the music of such acts as Pink Floyd, Elton John, Queen, Rolling Stones, U2, David Bowie and Rod Stewart.

“If last year’s Eagles tribute band, ‘Hotel California,’ is any sign of what to expect this year, we should see many people out to see ‘British Invasion’ on Saturday night,” she said.

“We have listened to what our community has been saying and they say bring in the tribute bands, so we did so again this year. And like last year, we are in for a treat with the musical vocals of this group. Anyone can catch a glimpse of this amazing group by going to and listen to their demo.”

This ‘British Invasion’ tribute band playing at the St. George’s Blueberry Festival is not the same group performing with Stephenville Theatre Festival this summer.


Other events

The event’s opening ceremonies take place on Saturday afternoon, although there’s a pre-bash and free family event on Friday night.

Children’s games such as blueberry surprise and beanbag bucket toss take place on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Ms. White said if it’s raining, children's activities will take place inside the Rec Plex.

The second annual Toby Colombe Memorial Race coincides with festival, which also takes place on Saturday.

“We are so excited that we are able to continue with our festival.” Selina White, festival committee member

“Dean Simon will be hosting the event this year and it entails a 5 km run for adults and 2.5 run for youth,” said Ms. White. “As well, the ever popular pancake and touton breakfast (will be) put off by the Catholic Women's Guild at the Parish Hall in St. George's on Saturday and Sunday.”

The big act scheduled for Sunday is Shacktown, a five-piece band from Corner Brook.

“There are four singers in the group, with Mena Lodge being the lead singer,” said Ms. White. “Accompanying their band will be the use of the Hammond organ and piano. This band does cover tunes of rock ‘n’ roll, classic rock and country rock.”

There’s also the popular Jigg’s dinner at the Royal Canadian Legion in St. George's on Sunday, which is hosted by their ladies’ auxillary.

“Rainy weather will no affect any of the events,” noted Ms. White. “In the past 20 years that our festival has been on the go, we have not had to cancel any event due to weather. The show must go on.”

Ms. White said camping is available on the festival grounds.

“We are so excited that we are able to continue with our festival,” she added. “We have had some financial difficulties over the years. However, through the strong work and dedication of our small committee, we continue to go forward.”

The organizing committee is indeed looking forward, as the dates for the 22nd festival have been set for Aug. 3 to 5, 2012.

For more information about the St. George’s Blueberry Festival, contact Ms. White at 647-3696, Danny Conway 647-3656, or Charlie Foote at 647-3010.

Organizations: Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Stephenville Theatre Catholic Women Royal Canadian Legion

Geographic location: Blueberry Hill, Montreal, UK St. George's Corner Brook

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