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Blueberries, bikes and business in Lake George

Aliyah Berg, 4, of Park Rapids, gets her face painted blue. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Sixty pies and 37 bikes were gone in a flash as Lake George's 29th annual Blueberry Festival attracted hundreds of spectators.

But blueberries themselves, the star of the show, were scarce commodities. Some blamed flukey weather, some blamed a late frost.

And some blamed the bears.

The senior citizens pie sale was a potpourri of berries, not all blue, but all luscious.

The kids carnival attracted more than 200, according to organizer Deb Manz. A record 37 bikes were donated for a giveaway to kids who registered.

"I just can't believe this," said Angie Johnson of Lakeville, whose son Eric won a bike. She proposed a "pay it forward" program, for winners this year to donate next year to keep the tradition alive.

Colton Brandenburg of Park Rapids won his first bike, a dinky model that fit the 3-year-old perfectly.

Hundreds crowded into the fire hall for the annual Saturday night bean feed, only to return early Sunday for the pancake breakfast.

Hubbard County commissioner Cal Johannsen has been flipping monster flapjacks for years. John Davis of Nevis groaned at the weight of the breakfast on his plate, then dug in.

Merchants and outside vendors did a brisk business.

Justin Bessler, co-owner of The Woodland Store, said this summer was turning out much better for the tiny community than last year.

"That government shutdown really hurt us," he said.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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