The 2021 Warrens Cranberry Festival is Sept. 24-26. The very first Warrens Cranberry Festival was held 48 years ago 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 and antique booths, 100 farm market booths and 100 food vendors.
New this year are free walking tours of the Vern Gebhardt Cranberry Marsh. The 20-minute guided tours will start from the marsh entrance at the end of George Street on the east side of Warrens. Tours will be offered every half hour from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday. The walking tours are in lieu of the regular marsh bus tours.
Returning to the festival is the popular “Cranberries Jubilee Giant Fry Pan.” The Tomah Sports Booster Club will be cooking the cranberries jubilee in a 4½-foot diameter fry pan and will serve the warm cranberry mixture over vanilla ice cream all three days of the festival.
A variety of contests are available including the Biggest Berry Contest, Button Design for the 2022 Festival, 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 80 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 gigantic parade will not be held this year but will be back in 2022.
COVID-19 STATEMENT FROM THE WARRENS CRANBERRY FESTIVAL WEBSITE:
The Warrens Cranberry Festival is working closely with local health officials and following all the recommended precautions to ensure that our event – which is largely outdoors – can occur safely.
We encourage all fest goers to first evaluate their own potential risk of exposure to COVID-19 before choosing to attend. In addition, we encourage fest goers to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 when attending the Warrens Cranberry Festival by wearing masks, practicing social distancing and washing hands regularly.
While we’re all facing many uncertainties, we are optimistic and we are continuing to plan for the festival. We are excited with the changes we are making and looking forward to a successful event. The safety and well being of our guests, participants, partners and community always comes first, so we are closely following the directives of local and national health agencies.