BerryFest returns to downtown Abbotsford this weekend

BerryFest returns to downtown Abbotsford this weekend

37th annual celebration takes place Saturday in historic downtown

The 37th annual Abbotsford BerryFest takes place this Saturday, July 7.

The outdoor event runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. along the streets of Essendene and Montrose avenues in downtown Abbotsford.

This year’s BerryFest is expected to attract more than 6,000 attendees for a fun-filled day of family-friendly festivities created to commemorate Abbotsford’s national distinction as the berry capital of Canada.

“BerryFest has become a much-anticipated annual summer tradition in downtown Abbotsford and it just keeps on growing every year,” said Gerry Palmer, president of the Downtown Abbotsford Business Association.

BerryFest kicks off with a welcome address by Mayor Henry Braun followed by a pie-eating contest with several community participants, including Braun.

New this year will be a gardening demonstration with master gardener Brian Minter and a gardening TedTalk with Abbotsford’s urban gardener, Marina Gibson. The fair will also feature berry sales from Neufeld Farms and Lepp Farm Market, food trucks, a craft beer and wine garden, a vendor marketplace and roving entertainment.

It also includes main stage entertainment, face painting, balloon twisting, games and several rides, such as a ferris wheel, berry-go-round and Euro Bungee.

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