Hi! My name is Blueberry Bert
I am proud to be the official spokesperson for the Sioux Lookout Blueberry Festival. I may not be as famous as Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny, but I do appear once a year and bring joy to an entire town. And unlike those other guys, I work hard for ten days!
This year is my 30th birthday! I was born way back in 1983 (when the very first festival took place)! Over the years I’ve watched this festival blossom into a successful and exciting summer celebration. Back in my younger days, I thought doing fifty events was a lot, now I appear at over 130 events!
In 2008, I learned how to fish, took a ride in a float plane, and met hundreds of people at the Children’s Festival. In 2010, I had a blast with Smokey the Bear & Sparky the Dog, my two best friends, we got to eat lots of hotdogs and cake! In 2011, I enjoyed the Diamond Dogs Show at the Children's Festival! Other events you might see me at are; the sporting events, Home Craft & Trade Show, Rubber Ducky Race, and the Legion Steak BBQ's!
This year is extra special because I am turning 30!! And I am sharing my special year with a very special year for Sioux Lookout. Happy 100th Birthday Sioux Lookout!! It is going to be another busy year during the Blueberry Festival and I am looking forward to having old friends come home to visit me. I can't wait to spread joy and festival cheer to everyone in Sioux Lookout and all the visitors. Come celebrate with me Friday, August 3, 2012 to Sunday, August 12, 2012. I am looking forward to seeing all of you!
Be sure to watch for me during this year's Festival. I don't say much (I’m a little bit shy) but you can always find me out around Sioux Lookout during the festival. So come on over and introduce yourself—you’ll get a big hug in return and I love posing for pictures!
Jacquie Grandmont, Dryden10 Days with Bert’s Biggest Fan
Jacquie Grandmont is one of the busiest 8 year olds that I have ever met. She lives in Dryden and comes down every year to visit her grandparents during the Blueberry festival. During the festival, she:
Went to the Music festival at the Beach
Sang in Blueberry Idol
Went on floatplane
Went to Mural dedication
Played firemen’s games
Judged the window painting contest
Spelling Bee at the Mayfair
Dori’s Sewing Studio to make bandanas
Races at the beach
lunch at the Museum
Made paper airplanes.
Went to Cedar Bay
She had a blast at this year’s festival and thanks everyone for making it such a good event.
Question of the Week: (August 18, 2010)
What was your favourite moment during the Blueberry Festival?
Cameron MacMillan (age 7):
The airplane rides. I saw my grandma’s house
Severt Chisel (labourer):
The bannock bake-off, watching them cooking and laughing
Jodie Elliott (Tikinagan HR receptionist):
The firefighter’s social. I just turned 19 in July so this was my first social. And it was in the arena. That was cool.
Elsie Sakakeesic (Slate Falls band member):
The slo-pitch tournament. We came in from Slate Falls. We didn’t go all the way but it was fun nonetheless.