There’s no reason to be sad that blueberry season is over, because the Marshall County Blueberry Festival will return this weekend for the 50th year.

The ever-popular festival will run Labor Day weekend (Friday, Sept. 2, to Monday, Sept. 5) in Centennial Park, 1660 N. Michigan St., Plymouth.

As in years past, there will be plenty of blueberry-themed foods: pies, doughnuts, cheesecake and ice cream. But there will also be classic fair foods such as pork chop sandwiches, Italian roast beef and corn on the cob, according to the festival website.

According to the festival Facebook page, Papa John’s Pizza in Plymouth will be giving away 4,000 coupons during the annual parade, 10 of which will be good for one free pizza a month for an entire year. The parade will start at 9:30 a.m. on Labor Day (Sept. 5).

New events this year include performances by Fast Action Motorsports Entertainment, an exhibit by the Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors, and the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show. Also new this year is the Blueberry Splash, an open-water swimming race on Myers Lake. The annual fireworks display will begin at about 9:15 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4.

Official parking for the festival will be in the Plymouth High School parking lot and will cost $8, and includes a tram ticket to the festival. Entrance to the festival is free.

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