In my ongoing quest to experience the uniquely Alaskan, I've done the midnight sun run in Fairbanks, a lumberjack show in Juneau, a shorebird festival in Homer, a bald eagle festival in Haines, and the Fur Rondezvous and outhouse races in Anchorage. This summer I added another festival to my list: the Blueberry Arts Festival in Ketchikan.
My blueberry day began with blueberry scones with blueberry jam and a cuppa blueberry tea.
For lunch, there were blueberry crepes
from the Crepes Bluezette stand.
And of course, it wouldn't be a blueberry festival, without a blueberry pie-eating contest.
Also uniquely Alaskan: slug races, where participants coax their slug athletes across the finish line.
The Great Blueberry Ball Roll:
Hundreds of blueberry balls, each with a unique number,
are released down the street and into a chute.
The first ball to make it into the chute wins.