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Marshall County Blueberry Festival a boon to local economy

NOW: Marshall County Blueberry Festival a boon to local economy

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ind. -- The Marshall County Blueberry Festival has been around for more than 50 years. People come from all over the country to attend the Labor Day festival.

The 51st annual Marshall County Blueberry Festival runs from Friday, September 1 to Monday, September 4 at Centennial Park in Plymouth.

Thousands of people spend their Labor Day weekend in the area, which bring a significant impact to the local economy.

"We fill up all the hotels in the area, motels, gasoline," said Mike Woolfington, a member of the festival's board of directors. "In fact one of the restaurants told us the other day that they do more business on Labor Day than Mother's Day and for a restaurant to say that it's really something else."

One of the most popular items at the festival is the blueberry donut.

"We usually cook about 56,000 doughnuts," Jon Pairitz of Blueberry Doughnuts. "That translates to 20,000 to 25,000 people."

They have been making donuts at the festival for 27 years.

The line for the donuts can be several hundred people long at time.

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