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|Bandon's 67th Annual Cranberry Festival|
September 13-15, 2013
Bandon's Cranberry Festival started in 1946 to showcase the local cranberry industry. Bandon has long been known as the Cranberry Capital of Oregon and new bogs are being added every year.
While most of the local berries are made into juice concentrate or frozen, some are sold fresh or dried and can be found in our local stores, while still more are made into wine.
The Bandon Cranberry Festival parade is held on Saturday morning and grows larger every year, people come as far away as Humboldt County to participate.
After the parade, you will enjoy unique wares and great food from the many vendors, good music and tons of fun.
Cranberries are native to North America and Cranberry plants thrive in acidic soil that is sandy or in marshes. Cranberry Plants are actually vines and are usually harvested in the Bandon Area toward the end of October.
To check the freshness of a cranberry, bounce it, the fresher the berry the higher they bounce. Cranberries also float as they are hollow inside. This makes it easy to harvest the berries by flooding the bogs, beating the bushes to release the berries and "roping" in the crop when they float. An excellent source of vitamin C and antioxidants, they help strengthen our immune system.
If you would like to be a sponsor of the Cranberry Festival, download the Sponsor Packet, choose the sponsorship you would like and return it to the Chamber office.