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Celebrate blackberries in Bremerton
The Bremerton Blackberry Festival is Sept. 1-3, 2012.
Seattle Times staff
Celebrate the yummy delights of blackberry season at the Bremerton Blackberry Festival Saturday, Sunday and Monday on Bremerton's waterfront boardwalk. Blackberries star in an array of treats including wine, jam, pie, scones, ice cream and "Blackberry Slug" pastry bars, along with an assortment of other fair food favorites.
Saturday starts with the Berry Fun Run 1-mile and 5K runs followed by the Navy Band NW kicking off the weekend's entertainment. Saturday's other special event is the Blackberry Festival Fly-In display of antique, classic and contemporary privately-owned aircraft of all kinds, along with vintage cars and military vehicles, at Bremerton National Airport, with shuttles providing transportation between the venues.
Kids' activities all three days include music, magic shows and other entertainment on the children's stage, a bouncy house and pony rides.
Main Stage entertainment includes Jr. Cadillac at 3 p.m. Saturday and blues singer Mia Vermillion all three days. The Beer Garden overlooks the marina and main stage and offers food including blackberry favorites. Arts, crafts and food vendors fill the boardwalk and Berry Central sells festival posters, accessories and apparel including the popular "I Was Berried" shirts. Blackberry wine tastes and bottles are available at the entrance to the boardwalk
The USS Turner Joy, a Vietnam-era U.S. Navy destroyer on permanent display on the Bremerton waterfront, celebrates the festival with discounted admission all weekend.
The Blackberry Festival is on the waterfront adjacent to the ferry terminal, handy for walk-on ferry passengers from Seattle's Colman Dock terminal.
Time:10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday.
Location: Bremerton Waterfront Boardwalk, Second Street and Washington Avenue, Bremerton.
Getting there: Via Washington State Ferries, from Pier 52, Seattle. By car, take Interstate 5 to Tacoma and take the Highway 16/Bremerton exit; continue on Highway 16, which becomes Highway 3 to Bremerton. Shuttle to the festival from park-and-ride lot at Olympic College, 16th Street and Warren Avenue, Bremerton, $2/round trip.
Berry Fun Run: 1-mile run, 9:30 a.m.; 5K run, 9:50 a.m. Saturday; registration 8:30 a.m.; $15/person or $45/family of 4 or more.
Fly In and Car Show: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Bremerton National Airport, 8850 S.W. State Highway 3, Bremerton.
More information: 360-377-3041 or www.blackberryfestival.org.
USS Turner Joy: Tours, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, 300 Washington Beach Ave., Bremerton; $5-$8, always free for active military with ID. 360-792-2457 or www.ussturnerjoy.org.
Madeline McKenzie: 206-464-8245 or firstname.lastname@example.org