WEEKEND — Blackberries sweeten the Joyce Daze festival (with CORRECTION)

CORRECTION — This story has been edited to delete any reference to Robert Fowler. The Robert Fowler who is with Peninsula Dream Machines is not the Robert Fowler who was shot to death in Port Angeles in June.

JOYCE — Blackberry pie, blackberry preserves, blackberry ice cream — if it has blackberries, it will be found at the 29th annual Joyce Daze Wild Blackberry Festival on Saturday.

The all-day event takes over this community west of Port Angeles, with a parade, salmon bake, beard and moustache contest, blackberry pie contest and lots of vendors along state Highway 112 around the Joyce General Store, Joyce Depot Museum, Joyce minimall and Family Kitchen restaurant.

It starts with a pancake breakfast at the Crescent Grange, 50734 Highway 112, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Breakfast costs $4 for adults and $2 for children.

Serving at the breakfast will be the Joyce Daze teen royalty — Queen Kailee Rose and princesses Bonny Hazelett, Ashley Knight and Lynn Grover.

Parade and blackberry pies

Floats, antique cars, trucks and tractors and other entries will flow down Highway 112 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The parade route, on the highway between the Joyce Depot Museum and Wye Road, will be closed to traffic between 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. A detour will be available.

Saturday’s festivities also include the homemade blackberry pie contest — sponsored by the Peninsula Daily News — beginning at 11 a.m.

Pies for the competition can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. at the Joyce Depot Museum.

Pies have to be made from the small, wild blackberries found in the Joyce area.

Prizes are $50 for first place, $25 for second place and $25 for third place.

Bewhiskered men will gather at the Family Kitchen restaurant at 11:30 a.m. for the Joyce Daze Beard and Moustache Championships.

The Crescent Bay Lions Club salmon bake runs from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Joyce minimart, and family games, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Family Kitchen.

Vendors will be available all day beginning at 9 a.m.

Music and other entertainment will flow off the Joyce Depot Museum stage beginning at 10 a.m.

The Joyce Fire Department and the Lower Elwha Klallam Police Department will offer equipment demonstrations, free blood-pressure checks and refreshments from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the minimall.

Antique trucks and cars will be on display from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Crescent Grange.

Joyce Daze schedule

Here’s the schedule for the celebration:

■ 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Pancake breakfast, Crescent Grange.

■ 9 a.m. — Fish pond for kids, near the Joyce General Store.

■ 9 a.m. — Signup for beard, mustache and goatee contest, Family Kitchen.

■ 10 a.m. — Adventure Route Hike and Mountain Bike Ride begin, Joyce Bible Church.

■ 10:30 a.m. — Parade judging, Crescent School.

■ 11 a.m. — Wild blackberry pie contest judging, Joyce Depot Museum.

■ 11:30 a.m. — Joyce Daze Beard and Moustache Championships judging, Family Kitchen.

■ 11:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. — Family games, Family Kitchen.

■ 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — Crescent Bay Lions Club Salmon Bake, Joyce minimall.

■ 1 p.m. — Grand Parade.

■ 3:30 p.m. — Button drawing and raffles, Joyce Depot Museum.

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Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-417-3535 or at arwyn.rice@peninsuladailynews.com.

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