Benjamin Drumm, 10, of Wilton, operates the ABT Plumbing, Heating and Cooling parade entry wishing the Wilton Blueberry Festival a happy 30th on Saturday.
Shelly's Hometown Market entry celebrates during the 30th Wilton Blueberry Festival parade on Main Street. (Photo by Jim Knox)
Wilton Fire and Rescue Department's award-winning Color Guard marches near the beginning of the 30th Blueberry Festival parade on Saturday. At near right is Assistant Fire Chief Kyle Ellis.
WILTON - The clear blue skies of the morning matched the 30th annual Blueberry Festival parade theme of 30 Years of Blueberries.
Big crowds lined the parade route and weren't disappointed with a lineup that stretched on for a good hour, featuring more than 100 entries. Many entries featured a cake decorated with blueberries wishing the town of Wilton many more.
There were also lots of politicians, Kora Temple Shriner groups, bag pipers, antique and classic cars, trucks, marching gymnasts and baton twirlers.
Many more events will be held throughout the day with a fireworks show at dusk over Wilson Lake as the festival's finale.
Sunshine Pools built the largest birthday cake of the parade entries out of balloons. The parade theme 30 years of Blueberries inspired many participants to build birthday cakes.
Pat's Wallpaper went with "Wee, Wee, all the way home" with a couple of pigs, lots of squealing and pinwheels as a Blueberry Festival parade entry.
RLH Elliot Trucking of Strong featured a semi-flatbed truck with a blueberry house, a big bad wolf and lots of pigs, too.
Barclays' Blueberry Festival parade entry featured a cake, presents and people decked out in blue.
The Smiling Goat Precision Juggling Corps marches and juggles blue balls along Main Street in the 30th Blueberry Festival parade on Saturday.
A young Blueberry Festival parade attendee waves to the passing tractor from Hall Farms in East Dixfield.
Bagpipers entertain the big crowd along the parade route on Saturday in Wilton. Many more events are scheduled for Saturday with a fireworks finale set for dusk over Wilson Lake in Wilton.
Smokin' hot blueberries top a cake in the Blueberry Festival parade. (Jim Knox photo)