The first weekend in October has reigned for 30 years as “Cranberry Fest Weekend” in Eagle River; this year more than 40,000 attended the fall event. Cranberry Fest has something for everyone – an arts and crafts show with more than 300 business participants, cranberry food sales, family fun, entertainment, cranberry bog and winery tours throughout the weekend. More than 10,000 pounds of local premium fresh cranberries were sold during the weekend. Something new this year is was the Market Place which was held at the Derby Track. And another big highlight from this past weekend was the fitness weekend which invites any interested participants to join in the run, walk, and bike ride – all the proceeds went to support the efforts of the local Eagle River hospital cardiac rehabilitation program.
Another special feature of the Cranberry Fest is the Make-A-Wish foundation fund raiser which features the world’s largest cheesecake, which has appeared for the past 19 years at the festival.
While there were many activities at the Vilas County Fairgrounds during Cranberry Fest, there were also plenty of attractions in downtown Eagle River. The festivities included a farmers market, an antique show and a food stand, all within a few feet of dozens of unique shops in downtown Eagle River. In addition, a shuttle bus provided transportation between the fairgrounds and downtown all weekend.
Other fun events that took place this weekend included a book fair at The Olson Library in Eagle River, pancake breakfasts, a fund raiser/spaghetti dinner sponsored by the Normarka Ski club, and various live music performances that kept feet tapping!
The Cranberry Fest has an incredible number of enthusiastic volunteers who give graciously of their time and talents who help make this all possible. If you missed Cranberry Fest this year, be sure to give us a call so you don’t miss next year’s festival.