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The 44th Annual Blueberry Arts Festival was fun in the Ketchikan sun (mostly) this past weekend — all the way from the Pet and Doll Parade on Friday afternoon to the Gigglefeet Dance Festival finale on Sunday evening.

Ketchikan residents and visitors came together to enjoy the events, ambiance, art, treats and informative booths that combine to make the Blueberry one of the First City’s favorite traditions.

And as noted earlier, Mother Nature obliged with some of the finest weather to be found in North America for the weekend. This right there was the place to be.

Kudos to the Ketchikan Arts and Humanities Council for organizing another successful event this year. Something with so many moving parts takes an immense amount of planning ahead of time, and then a flurry of work during the Blueberry weekend itself. Seeing KAAHC staff members — still with some energy left — on late Sunday afternoon at the 28th Annual Richard Brautigan, Dick Whittaker and Lillian Ference Memorial Trout Fishing poetry event at the New York Cafe was a testament to their dedication to ensuring a smooth-running Blueberry Arts Festival from start to finish. We appreciate what they do, and we appreciate the sponsors who help make it all possible.

From our view, the 2019 Blueberry Arts Festival was everything one could hope for — a chance to come together to enjoy some of the best of our Ketchikan community has to offer.