The 49th Annual Warrens Cranberry Festival is Sept. 23-25. Hours for this year’s festival are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Note the later start time on Sunday this year.
The very first Warrens Cranberry Festival was held in 1973 and drew about 3,500 fest goers. Attendance has since grown to more than 145,000. Best known for its shopping, the festival boasts 850 arts and crafts booths, 350 flea market and antique booths, 100 farm market booths and 100 food vendors.
Walking tours of a local cranberry marsh are being offered all three days of the festival. The self-guided tours will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday. Area cranberry growers will be on hand to answer all your questions about how cranberries are grown and harvested.
Returning to the festival on Friday and Saturday is the popular “Cranberries Jubilee Giant Fry Pan.” Cooked in a 4½-foot diameter fry pan, the warm cranberry mixture is served over vanilla ice cream.
A variety of contests are available including the Biggest Berry Contest, Photography, Pictorial Cancellation, Be Our Guest (dress up in crazy costumes) and the Marsh Medallion Hunt. Other highlights at this year’s festival encompass a wide range of strolling entertainment.
If you’re hungry be sure to visit one of the 100 food booths offering American, Greek, Chinese, Italian and Mexican cuisines. And of course don’t forget the cranberries. Be sure to sample a cranberry cream puff, chocolate covered cheesecake, cranberry ice cream and deep-fried cranberries on a stick.
The festival is topped off on its final day with a parade on Sunday at 1 p.m. The parade features several marching bands from the surrounding area, visiting royalty, classic automobiles, tractors, horses and more.