OTTER LAKE, MI – One of the most historic blueberry farms in Michigan celebrated its 75th anniversary on Friday, July 21.
Blueberry Lane Farms, located at 13240 Blueberry Lane in Otter Lake, about 23 miles northeast of Flint, celebrated its history with live music, food, food vendors, children’s activities and lots of beautiful blueberries to pick.
The festival welcomed first-timers and visitors who have made picking the farms’ blueberries a tradition.
Tyler Dunbar visited the festival for his first time on Friday. He came with his family, including is baby daughter Paislee.
“It’s been a good time… probably eating more than I’m putting in the bucket,” Dunbar said, “Can’t do better with a day, watching the little one run around and picking blueberries is all you really need to get a smile.”
Penny McWilliams, who is from the area, came to the festival with her daughter, April Billbrough and her dog Pretzel. She’s been taking her kids to the festival for over 25 years.
“It’s just an annual tradition,” McWilliams said, “Picking blueberries and enjoying sunshine.”
Blueberry Lane Farms spans 114 acres with more than 40 acres of nothing but blueberry bushes. You-pick berries are one of its most popular attractions.
It has 22 different types of blueberries, some of them not existing anywhere else in the world, owner Seth Parsons said.
The property also features a café where customers can enjoy blueberry pancakes, pies, breads, smoothies and muffins served daily, along with a general store filled with various blueberry products including blueberry syrup, blueberry lemonade and blueberry honey.
The festival continues 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, find Blueberry Lane Farms on Facebook.
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