PIE HOLES FILLED, SANS UTENSILS

pie71pie61Young fans of New Jersey’s state fruit tucked in with gusto at the annual blueberry festival at Sickles Market in Little Silver Saturday. For the 12th straight year, pie-eating competitions were on the agenda.

Among the contestants was James Culbert, of Fair Haven, at right, who said, after his 60-second bout, “I want to eat the rest with a fork.”

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BLUEBERRY LOVERS GET PIE-EYED

sicklespie2-071710Young contestants got a faceful of purple; so did store owner Bob Sickles, in photo at bottom. (Photos by Peter Lindner; click to enlarge)

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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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