BLUEBERRY LOVERS GET PIE-EYED

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It was a day of the blues Saturday at Sickles Market in Little Silver, which held its annual celebration of New Jersey blueberries — and other blue produce and flowers — with a series of blueberry-pie eating contests that no doubt left an indelible mark on the memories of the contestants.

Fruity factoids: The highbush blueberry was designated as New Jersey’s state fruit in 1993, and some 38 million pounds of the juicy berries are grown here each year.

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