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Find blueberries galore at the Alyeska Blueberry Festival

  • Author: Loren Holmes
  • Updated: August 18, 2018
  • Published August 18, 2018

The Alyeska Resort Blueberry Festival, now in its 11th year, draws thousands of people to Girdwood for a celebration of everything blueberry-related.

Gabriela Ruzicka holds a container of blueberries that she picked at Alyeska Resort on Saturday. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

Contestants, some as young as 4 years old, signed up for the blueberry pie-eating contest. Other festival attendees chose a more civilized way to consume their blueberries, choosing instead from a variety of vendors serving blueberry-inspired twists on standard fair food.


Families hiked up from the festival grounds to Chair 7, seeking out blueberries that hid in the woods up the mountain.

Andy McWhorter and his son Parker, 3 1/2 years old, pick blueberries Saturday at Alyeska Resort. The Blueberry Festival continues Sunday, featuring music, food, crafts and a pie-eating contest. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

The festival continues Sunday from 11a.m. to 8 p.m.

Michael Davidson, 10, reacts after winning a blueberry pie eating contest Saturday at Alyeska Resort. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
Isaiah Garner, 9, has a face covered in blueberry pie after winning a pie-eating contest Saturday at Alyeska Resort. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
Cherie Ball picks blueberries Saturday at Alyeska Resort. Ball plans to use the berries in smoothies. (Loren Holmes / ADN)
People packed into the Hotel Alyeska grounds for the Blueberry Festival on Saturday at Alyeska Resort. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

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