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Cranberry Festival begins in Wisconsin Rapids


The Wisconsin Rapids community is buzzing as its annual Cranberry Blossom Festival gets underway.

This is the 7th year that Wisconsin Rapids has come together for the Cranberry Blossom Festival.

It is a four-day community tribute to an industry that is important to the area's economy.

"It's a major source of employment for our community," said David Farmbrough of Wisconsin Rapids.

The festival kicked things off Thursday afternoon with lunch by the river. People were entertained by a local dance studio.

Festival-goers mingled as they picked from six different food vendors to get lunch.

"The word of the festival has really started to spread throughout the state of Wisconsin. So we get people from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois you name it, they're coming in here for our festival," said the Director of Heart of Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce, Melissa Reichert.

The festival features live music and carnival rides. A parade through the center of town takes place Sunday.

People who attend say they like the atmosphere.

"It's a very happy event everybody here is very very positive, there's a lot of feel good factor going around here," said Farmbrough.

This festival celebrates cranberries but there's really something for everyone, even a classic car show.

Organizers expect 10,000 people to attend the festival.

The festival continues through Sunday....rain or shine.


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