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Sudbury Blueberry Festival 2020 cancelled due to COVID-19, running contest instead

‘Blue is Beautiful Contest’ open to artists, musicians, writers and cooks
The Sud-Berry Bear and one of his fans are seen in this 2018 file photo. (File)

Another one of Greater Sudbury’s summer festivals has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

A press release from the Sudbury Blueberry Festival said that due to the pandemic “the Sud-Berry Bear this year will be social distancing picking blueberries rather than attending events as part of the Blueberry Festival.”

Festival organizers said that hopefully, the festival will be back in 2021.

In the meantime, people are invited to take part in the “Blue is Beautiful Contest.”

Entries must show or contain a reference to the colour blue or blueberries, either visually, musically or in a story, poem or recipe. Entries accepted from all ages. 

There is no cost to enter and submissions will be accepted by e-mail from June 1 to Sept. 1, and will be posted on the Blueberry Festival website.

Judges will be from the Blueberry Festival Committee and the Sudbury Arts Council, contest partner. Prizes for winners in each category and age group.

Contest categories:

  • Painting - any media
  • Photography
  • Short Stories
  • Poetry
  • Music - compositions
  • Recipes
Find the full contest details at Send entries to