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Fruit-Bearing Festivals

Food vendors at the McLoud Blackberry Festival must offer at least one item made from its namesake fruit, and they are more than happy to comply. Succulent blackberry treats abound at the mcloud blackberry festival July 12-13. Blackberry kettle corn sold out a couple of years ago, says Melanie Krause, executive director of the McLoud Chamber of Commerce. Also popular...

Love on Four Legs

There’s an alpaca wonderland near Grand Lake. Thanks to two former broadcast journalists who ditched the spotlight to pursue their love of the South American camelid, the state tourism map has an educational destination and a source for high-quality, alpaca-related products – all found at a business in Jay. The alpaca, native to the Andes Mountains, is similar in appearance...