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Slimy slugs and lots of sun: Blueberry 2014

Hunter Jones' (right) slug "Jonsie" won the slug race. His friend Olivia (left) had a slug in the race too.

Hunter Jones’ (right) slug “Jonsie” won the slug race. His friend Olivia (left) had a slug in the race too.

The 39th Annual Blueberry Arts Festival filled Ketchikan’s Main Street on a sunny Saturday, August 2, with local artists, vendors and thousands of people.

Kids watch their slugs slowly move to the finish line in the first round of the slug race.

Kids watch their slugs slowly move to the finish line in the first round of the slug race.

The Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council organizes the event each year.

The pies are laid out.

The pies are laid out.

It features dozens of art, food and information booths.

The three finalists for the young adult pie eating contest face off.

The three finalists for the young adult pie eating contest face off.

And of course, a pie eating contest and slug race.

Participants wait for the start of the adult pie eating contest. Eric Reimer won.

Participants wait for the start of the adult pie eating contest.

ArtsCool camp members held a dance flash mob.

ArtsCool camp members held a dance flash mob.

Ketchikan High School band members held an Instrument Petting Zoo for children to try out instruments.

Ketchikan High School band members held an Instrument Petting Zoo for children to try out instruments.

Frybread was one of many foods served at the festival.

Frybread was one of many foods served at the festival.

Susan Baxstrom sold homemade soaps and lotions.

Susan Baxstrom sold homemade soaps and lotions.

Nancy Tietje creates a new version of blueberry-themed earring each year for the festival.

Nancy Tietje creates a new version of blueberry-themed earring each year for the festival.

Ketchikan Medieval and Renaissance Society had wooden jousting horses for children.

Ketchikan Medieval and Renaissance Society had wooden jousting horses for children.

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