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Lexington, Ohio' s annual festival makes blueberries king

Blueberries!
Blueberries!
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Blueberries are known as the "super food" by the nation's nutritionists because of all the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that they provide. Now is a good time for Clevelanders to pick up some fresh blueberries at the local farmers' markets. But if you want to celebrate the mighty blueberry and all the goodness it provides for your body than head down for the 11th annual Blueberry Festival in Lexington, Ohio (just south of Mansfield) running from Thursday, August 14 through Sunday, August 17. Lexington, Ohio is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from Cleveland.

Lexington Blueberry Festival This free Festival will be honoring the blueberry with lots and lots of blueberry food (some very unique items like blueberry chicken wraps, blueberry flatbread pizza, blueberry dessert stromboli and a blueberry sausage pancake on a stick, just to name a few) but there will also be a multitude of fun, family-friendly activities for all ages to enjoy during the 4-day event.

You won't want to miss the Blueberry Bash activities that include a pie eating contest, a blueberry spitting contest, a bubblegum blowing competition and water races.

The big attraction at the Blueberry Bash is the Blueberry Stomp where, yes, people will be stomping blueberries with their bare feet to see who can stomp the fastest.

Blueberry Bash activities will take place from 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Other attractions at the Festival include a Miss Blueberry pageant, a 5K Run/Walk & Color Bash, a volleyball tournament, log carvers, a car/bike show, Big Wheel races (Big Wheels will be provided), games and arts and crafts.

Another big attraction will be the Scottish Highland Games where visitors can watch events like the caber toss, hammer throw, light and heavy weight tosses and a stone toss and a sheaf toss.

Live, free musical entertainment will be provided by various bands and performers involving a wide range of musical genres.

Those visitors who can sing (or think they can) have the opportunity to participate in the Blueberry Idol Contest on Saturday from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.. There is a $10 entry fee.

Also this year there will be a Pet Idol Contest where your dogs can compete in three categories -- Obstacle Course, Obedience and Tricks -- for prizes. There is a $5 entry fee.

Two parades will be held at this year's Blueberry Festival --- one on Thursday at 8 p.m. and one on Sunday at 2 p.m. The theme will be "Blue Lights & Bubbles."

Additional activities include a pancake breakfast on Saturday morning from 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. at the Senior Center and a fireworks display on Saturday evening starting at 10:30 p.m. (weather permitting).

Also, kids will be thrilled with the available pony rides and petting zoo.

Hours for the Lexington Blueberry Festival are 5 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, 9 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. on Friday, 7 a.m. - 10:45 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free.

For more information about the Lexington Blueberry Festival get online at www.lexingtonblueberryfest.com.

The Blueberry Festival will be taking place at various venues in downtown Lexington, Ohio including the Lexington Community Park (200 Plymouth St.) and the Senior Center (67 E. Main St.). Lexington is 87 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a 90 minute drive from Cleveland.