The Cranberry Blossom Festival kicked
off today with the third annual "Lunch by the River."
Wisconsin Rapids is well-known for
The industry says the area produces 30
percent of cranberries for the entire globe.
"It's such a huge part of our
community because it's part of our industry, part of our economy."
Laura Nelson, event organizer.
Hundreds of people packed Veterans
Memorial Park to eat and watch live entertainment.
"the first few weeks are always
busy," said Loris Thomes, Food Vendor.
Another food vendor tells Newsline 9
that they could barely keep up with the lines of people.
"We've been so busy that we sold
out of everything in an hour, and that is not typical at all,"
said Nicole Reed, Food Vendor.
Reed runs the hidden creek kitchens
The food is made from scratch and fresh
cranberries get added to many of the recipes.
"It's something you can add to any
type of food really, you can put it with sweet or salty," added
The cranberry themed weekend continues
Friday with an early morning "Dairy and Berry Breakfast."
"It's a weekend full of activities
where we celebrate our blossoming community," said Nelson.
The celebration includes a carnival and
even features a dunk tank.
"Were going to be dunking our
mayor, our chief of police, and all sorts of other local
celebrities," added Nelson.
The weekend also features a car show,
triathlon and a parade.
The University of Wisconsin marching
band performs Sunday as well.
For a full list of the activities
planned for the Cranberry Blossom Festival you can head to the
festivals web site at:
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