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‘Berry Happy Puppy’

Marquette DDA announces winner of Blueberry Festival Poster Contest

“Berry Happy Puppy” by Sabrina Stanley is the winner of this year’s Blueberry Festival Poster Contest. The festival is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 26. (Photo courtesy of the Downtown Marquette Development Authority)

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Downtown Development Authority announced Sabrina Stanley’s poster “Berry Happy Puppy” is the winner of this year’s Blueberry Festival Poster Contest.

Stanley, originally from Marquette, is 19 years old and attends Northern Michigan University, pursuing a degree in elementary special education and a minor in deaf studies.

In her spare time she works at Sayklly’s the Candy Store, and during the summer, works at the SOS summer day camp at Redeemer Lutheran Church.

According to the DDA, Stanley was inspired to create this artwork by her adopted dog, Snickers.

“My family adopted her from UPAWS three years ago,” Stanley said in a news release. “She has one eye so it looks like she’s permanently winking, which fits her personality. She is very goofy and she makes the best faces so I knew she’d make a great subject for the poster.”

This winning entry will be used as the official poster for the 18th annual Blueberry Festival in downtown Marquette set for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 26.

This entry was chosen by a combination of online votes, in-person votes at the Marquette Arts and Culture Center and a panel of judges. All 14 entries will be on display at the DDA office, 337 W. Washington St.

The Blueberry Festival will feature a combination of traditional sidewalk sales, artists and crafters, food vendors, family activities and live musical acts. The popular Blueberry Festival Youth Talent Show, sponsored by the Superior Arts Youth Theater, also will return to complement the festivities.

For more information, contact the DDA office at 906-228-9475 or email Tara Laase-McKinney at Tara@downtownmarquette.org.