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Blueberry Festival dishes out anti-oxidants and fun galore

Heidi Buscher holds the last half pint of blueberries. Most were gone by Saturday morning. "It's all picked over out there," she said of the bumper crop. The blueberry pies, 45 baked to support the Senior Citizen Center, were gone in 45 seconds. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)1 / 6
Smokey Bear delighted children at the kids carnival, including Benjamin Petrie Jr., 3, of Bemidji. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)2 / 6
Julie Kruse paints a smiley face on Bennett Bessler. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)3 / 6
Samantha Dingmann gives the pedal tractor her all as she hauls a load behind her that earned her a blue ribbon. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)4 / 6
Isaac Christensen, 4, of Bemidji, enjoys his pancakes and sausages at the feed. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)5 / 6
The line was long for the Lake George Fire Department's blueberry pancake feed Sunday morning. It was well worth the wait, according to those who ate. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)6 / 6

Thousands of people came through Lake George over the weekend for its 28th Annual Blueberry Festival. A Saturday morning thunderstorm caused some damage to a tent; a brief power outage was repaired and the festival quickly rebounded. Above, Julie Kruse paints a smiley face on Bennett Bessler. The children's carnival is a big draw for the little town. This year a record number of bikes - 27 - were given away, said organizer Deb Manz. One of the hits this year was a shish-ke-bob with summer sausage containing meat, blueberries and wild rice, interspersed with bites of string cheese. It was dubbed a "Blue Bear Able." Chain saw carvers Mark Webber and Scott Hendershot were a big hit, carving birds, fish and other items downtown.