August 20, 2017

7 Fun Fruit Festivals to Enjoy this Summer

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One of the best parts of summer is the fresh produce, so why not get out and enjoy the popular family festivals devoted to some of the summer favorites, like cherries, peaches and blueberries. Two weeks ago, I took my older girls to the Delaplane Strawberry Festival, which is about 45 minutes outside DC. We had a lot of fun on the hay ride, hiking in the Sky Meadows State Park and eating strawberry sundaes.

Here are a few of the popular fruit festivals coming up this summer. These are a lot of fun for families and a great opportunity to learn about the local area produce at the same time.

  • National Cherry Festival: In Traverse City, Michigan you’ll find this annual festival the first week in July (July 2-9), complete with a cherry pancake breakfast, a cherry pit spitting contest and a cherry smoothie demo. You’ll also have the opportunity to run a race with your kids and enjoy a bike rodeo.
  • Hopkins Raspberry Festival: If your travels will take you to Hopkins, Minnesota (a suburb of the Twin Cities), be sure to stop by the raspberry festival for a week’s worth of fun that kicks off July 9. You and your kids can hunt for the golden raspberry, race in a soap box derby, take in an arts festival and watch the Grande Day Parade, complete with marching bands, floats and  visiting dignitaries.
  • South Carolina Peach Festival: The festival kicks off in Gaffney, South Carolina on July 14 with a dessert contest, a talent show and a warm welcome by the local Chamber of Commerce. Over the next few days, take in a family fun festival, a road race, parade and arts and crafts show. Don’t forget to check out the giant peach water tower in Gaffney, just off I-85.
  • Virginia Cantaloupe Festival: In South Boston, Virginia, you can enjoy the 31st annual cantaloupe festival on July 22. Enjoy lots of great music and tons of great food, including famous Halifax County cantaloupes. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn more about the area’s agricultural offerings.
  • National Blueberry Festival: Head to South Haven, Michigan August 11-14 to pay tribute to one of the smallest fruits, the blueberry. You and your family will enjoy blueberry pancake breakfasts, a fish boil dinner, arts and crafts shows and free concerts. Last year, the festival drew over 50,000 people.
  • Winterville Watermelon Festival: Celebrate the 26th annual watermelon festival in Winterville, North Carolina August 25-27. You’ll find lots of kids activities, like a watermelon roll contest, science museum exhibits from Imagination Station, a sack race, as well as face painting and balloon art. Plus, concerts this year will feature The Four Tops and Blessid Union of Souls, among others.
  • North Carolina Apple Festival: Enjoy four days of fun over Labor Day weekend (September 2-5) in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Take in street fairs, festival food, car shows, and of course, the King Apple Parade, which takes place on September 5. More than 60,000 people are expected to attend the festival this year.

Have you been to any summer fruit festivals? I’d love to hear about which ones are your favorites.

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