Huge crowds turn out for Berrybeat Festival

The 30th annual Berrybeat Festival drew huge crowds to Downtown Abbotsford this weekend.

For two-year-old Carson Mitchell it was all about the pancakes

For two-year-old Carson Mitchell it was all about the pancakes

The 30th annual Berrybeat Festival drew huge crowds to Downtown Abbotsford this weekend.

Event co-ordinator Tina Stewart estimates that approximately 40,000 people turned out, 10,000 more than the past few years, to fill the streets of Montrose and Essendene on Saturday and Sunday.

She attributes it to the great weather and numerous attractions, including fresh foods, magic shows, musical entertainment and dance performances.

This year also marked the first fashion shows, which went over extremely well, said Stewart.

In addition, merchants hosted their own events, including craft making and a show and shine car show.

Another hit this year was the bike valet service, said Stewart.

Overall, the festival was a hit.

“We had many families attend, and a lot of people who said this was their 30th event,” said Stewart. “And many said it was their first. So it was a great combination, and really nice to see.”

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