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Lake George to host Blueberry Festival

The annual Lake George Blueberry Festival will be held Friday, July 24-Sunday, July 26.

Friday's activities include a quilt show and raffle from 1-6 p.m.; an outdoor gospel concert featuring "Crossing" at 7 p.m. at the Lake George Bible Chapel with a pie and ice cream social to be held afterwards.

Saturday's activities will include a horseshoe tournament at 9:30 a.m. followed by a senior pie sale, a pedal tractor pull, bingo, an event for teenagers and many other events. A children's carnival will be held from 1-3 p.m. including an ice cream eating contest. A free drawing will be held at 3 p.m. featuring donated bikes and other prizes. A bean feed will be held at 4 p.m. at the fire hall and a comedy gig will be featured from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Lake George Café.

Sunday's events include horseshoe championship, a sawdust money hunt for kids at 10 a.m. and the grand parade at 1 p.m.

Blueberry pies and jars of fresh-picked blueberries will be available to purchase. Come early for the best selection.

Musical comedy

Lake George theatrical performers will take the stage Sunday, July 26, during Blueberry Days to perform the musical comedy, "Raymond Takes a Wife."

A matinee will be staged at 2 p.m. with a 7 p.m. encore at the Lake George Senior Center.

The play was born out of Rose Forbes' idea for fundraising to purchase a new pancake griddle. She remembered how much fun it used to be when groups performed mock weddings. Soon her senior friend, Beverlee Olson, got on board and things started snowballing.

Olson had lifelong aspirations to perform on stage, but, never had the opportunity. It was something she wanted to accomplish before her final curtain. Forbes brought up her idea at the seniors' monthly meeting, and they agreed to sponsor it. Soon she was auditioning cast members of all ages from Laporte, Becida, Lake George and Bemidji.

Olson began writing a three-act musical comedy play. The play does not include a mock wedding, but matrimony between an uppity Lake George family and a hillbilly family living in a converted hunting shack in the woods just outside of town.

Olson reasoned if she wrote and directed the play, there would be nothing standing in the way of her being one of the members of the cast. Practice ensued, new friendships emerged, laughter erupted and music set toes tapping.

Forbes designed a "Raymond Takes a Wife" float for the Blueberry Festival parade that will be held at 1 p.m. just before the matinee begins.

The seniors will be tossing parade candy as an enticement.

Tickets are available at the door. Seating is limited; reservations are encouraged. Call 218-368-3032.