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By Erin Smith

After 22 years, an event that many Bladen County residents have looked forward to will not take place this year. The Ammon Blueberry Festival has ended its run after it was decided to not move forward with festival plans for this year, according to Marguerite Coble, one of the event’s many organizers.

The reason given for no festival this year is the fact that so many of those who volunteer to help are not able to assist the committee this year.

“With limited staff, we just decided this year it was best not to have it,” said Coble.

When asked about the future for the festival, Coble replied she did not know at this time.

The event offered plenty for everyone to see and do. Festival events included a pancake breakfast at the Ammon Volunteer Fire Department, a parade, craft vendors, and live entertainment. Of course, there was a live auction complete with everyone’s favorite food—blueberries. There was also a classic car show and antique tractors could also be found on display.

The festival will be missed by the community and the many folks that came from near and far to enjoy the day.