Ely Blueberry Fest Canceled

ELY, Minn.– Ely’s Blueberry/Art Festival is canceled due to severe storm damage, after returning from an off year last year.

Some images from the Festival on Friday night, taken by Ryan Tischer of Duluth’s Tischer Art Gallery who had a booth there, show the extent of the damage.

A severe thunderstorm bringing 60 to 70 mile per hour winds blew through Whiteside Park, knocking down trees, power lines, and ultimately destroying many of the tents and booths of vendors there for the event.

Eva Sebesta, Executive Director of Ely’s Chamber of Commerce, says about 220 booths were scheduled to be at the event.

While the extent of how much is damaged is unknown, she says Whiteside Park is devastated, and it’s enough to cancel the festival for the rest of the weekend.

Community members have been coming out to help the vendors clean up, Sebesta said, but the Ely Police Department in a post on their Facebook page asked no one other than the emergency personal, city employees and vendors enter the park Friday.

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