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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.

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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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