Cranberrian Fair celebrates Peninsula’s favorite berry

Raw cranberries and many other fall harvest products will be available for purchase at the Cranberrian Fair, an annual event since 1920.

LONG BEACH — A celebration of local harvest including all things cranberry kicks off the fall season on Oct. 13 and Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Foods, crafters, local artists, and more will showcase the area’s rich heritage during this popular fair. Collectible Cranberrian Fair buttons are $5 each and cover admission to all events and exhibitions at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum for both days. The Cranberry Museum is free.

Start the day at the Cranberry Museum, where a harvest demonstration begins with flooding the field and the beating of the berries at 9 a.m. The Cranberry Museum gift shop will open at 9 a.m. both days. Sondra Eaton will have cranberry treats and coffee in the morning and will be providing a lunch menu of all things cranberry, including pulled pork with cranberry barbecue sauce and cranberry coleslaw; chicken and wild rice soup with cranberries; fresh baked turkey, cream cheese and cranberry sandwiches.

The Cranberry Trolley will run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday from the Cranberry Museum to the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco.

As a special treat this year, local author Sydney Stevens will be signing copies of the just released Arcadia Press book, “Images of America: Washington’s Cranberry Coast.” She will be at the Cranberry Museum Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Cranberrian Fair festivities at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco will include a variety of local artists offering handmade items such as pottery, jewelry, paintings, cranberry vine baskets, baked goods, and more. Demonstrations by the Peninsula Rug Hookers, Peninsula Quilt Guild, Blacksmith Gary Lewis and other artists will take place throughout the day both Saturday and Sunday at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum. Fresh local cranberries are available both days and the 1889 railcar Nahcotta will be open for touring with members of the Nahcotta Preservation Committee on hand.

The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum is located at 115 SE Lake Street in Ilwaco; the Cranberry Museum is located at 2907 Pioneer Road, Long Beach, Washington. For further information on the Long Beach Peninsula visit funbeach.com.

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