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MONTROSE -- It's not your average blueberry festival.

People from New York, New Jersey, and all over the state came to Montrose for blueberries and fun in the sun .

"You come here, you get food, you play games, you meet people, and see people you only see once in a while," Karen Reed.

Since 1980, the blueberry festival has helped raise money for the Susquehanna County library; at first, with only blueberries and muffins.

Now, the fest has grown to include blueberry pizza, games, music, dancing and even Newberry the Blueberry, a mascot for the yearly tradition.

For more than a decade, the blueberry festival has been a big part of helping to raise money for a newer, bigger library.

In turn, the library would offer more to people in the community.

"We have an extensive outreach and many children's programs. We have a children's librarian and a children's library. We have programs from infants up to kids in high school," says Tom Kurosky of the Historical Society &  Free Library Association.

Volunteers say it's nice to help the library in its time of need.

"It's just good to give back to the library since they've done so much because of summer programs, historical society... all of that," said Julia Morgan.

The new library is currently being built, and organizers say they expect it to open in spring next year in Susquehanna County.