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Bryant Blueberry Festival returns July 28

ARLINGTON — Blueberries will take center stage during the Bryant Blueberry Festival on the Red Rooster Route on Saturday, July 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The annual Blueberry Festival of the Bryant Blueberry Farm & Nursery, located at 5628 Grandview Rd. in Arlington, offers a variety of family activities for all ages.

Throughout the day, visitors will have the chance to purchase or pick their own blueberries, as well as to enjoy self-guided farm tours down lanes of blueberry bushes and peruse a variety of nursery items for sale.

Berry-picking will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., although you can check www.bryantblueberries.com online for daily updates on picking conditions, while the festival hours will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission and parking are both free. Children's activities will run from noon to 3 p.m. and are set to include feeding the goats and playing on the playground. Attendees can also bring their own picnics and enjoy the scenery.

Bryant Blueberry Farm owner Jamie Flint looks forward to each year's festival.

"Our Blueberry Festival has become an annual family tradition for people in the surrounding area," Flint said. "Not only are blueberries a great fruit to pick for all ages, they also freeze well so you can enjoy them all year long. This year's crop is turning out beautifully and we're ready for a fun season."

The fourth year of the annual Red Rooster Route will also host a variety of upcoming summer and fall festivals, including the Garden Treasures Pozole and Corn Roast Festival on Sept. 8 at the Garden Treasures Nursery & Organic Farm, Pioneer Days at the Stillaguamish Valley Pioneer Museum on Sept. 15, Foster's Pumpkin and Corn Maze Festival from Oct. 1-31 at Foster's Produce & Corn Maze, and the Handmade Holiday Indoor Gift Market on Dec. 1 at the Arlington Farmers' Market in downtown Arlington.

A self-guided tour through the greater Arlington area, the Red Rooster Route provides plentiful recreational and you-pick opportunities. To learn more about the farms on the Red Rooster Route and to download a tour map, visit their website at www.redroosterroute.com.

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