“Making Memories Since 1973” is the theme of the 45th Warrens Cranberry Festival, Sept. 22-24.
Forty-five years ago, a small group of people sat down to discuss the idea of having a cranberry festival in the Village of Warrens. These people had a vision of an event with cranberry royalty, a parade, horse show and a farmer’s market. And so the first festival was held in early October with 3,500 people in attendance.
Now 44 years later, attendance has grown to more than 130,000 visitors each year. The Festival brings in excess of $4 million per year, contributing to the local economy and benefiting the travel and tourism industry.
The Festival is perhaps best known for its shopping and boasts 850 arts and crafts booths, 350 flea market and antique booths, 100 farm market booths and 100 food vendors that make for a three-mile shopping extravaganza!
From the beginning the purpose of the Festival was to raise funds to improve the quality of life in the Village of Warrens. The Festival’s focus is to donate to community organizations, including schools, fire departments, youth groups and other local organizations. Over the past 45 years, the Festival has donated more than $3 million to such organizations. For the latest information on this year’s Festival, see their website or Facebook page.