The blackberry takes the spotlight at annual Coos Bay event

35th annual Blackberry Arts Festival in Coos Bay, August 28, 2017. (SBG image)

COOS BAY, Ore. -- The Annual Blackberry Arts Festival drew a crowd again this year in downtown Coos Bay.

From artwork to baked goods to wine, the weekend was all about the blackberry at the 35th year of the event.

"My favorite part about coming to this festival is seeing all the vendors who come from out of town and the people who come to this area and fill the downtown," said Julia Graves of Coos Bay.

The festival hosts over a hundred vendors and artists, but some say the star of the show is the blackberry pie.

"After I look at all the wonderful things, I have my once-a-year blackberry pie with ice cream,” said Susan Gleich of Coos County, “because those of us who don't eat pie on a regular basis wait for this and the pie is fabulous."

One vendor said the pies fly off the shelves every year.

"We usually make a hundred some yearswe made a few more this year,” explained Blackberry Lovin’ Mamas owner Trishah Neikirk. “We made 120. I think about five years ago, we made 150 and we sell out every year."

The two-day event was organized by the Coos Bay Downtown Association.

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