Cranberry Harvest Celebration welcomes record crowd of berry lovers

By Lydia Goerner | Oct 07, 2017
Photo by: Lydia Goerner Chia-Ying Chen and her son Andrew, 2, enjoy the view of the cranberry bogs.

The 14th annual Cranberry Harvest Celebration had the biggest single day in its history on Saturday, with an estimated 15,000 people visiting to taste, play in and harvest cranberries at the A.D. Makepeace Company.

People came from all over the world, said said Linda Burke, A.D. Makepeace Company’s vice president for marketing and communications. There were many out-of-state groups, including extended families and tour groups, and people from New Zealand, Australia and across Europe and Asia.

The festival, co-sponsored by the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association and Ocean Spray Cranberries, featured something for everyone, from a demonstration on birds of prey to helicopter rides over the bogs. There was live music, a “build your own bog” station, cooking demonstrations and 109 vendors.

Chia-Ying Chen from Taiwan brought her 2-year-old son Andrew, their first time seeing cranberry bogs.

“Just sitting here looking at the cranberries on the water is soothing,” Chen said. “It’s much more than what I thought.”

Burke said feedback from the event on Saturday was positive. Most people said the event was well-organized and the staff was welcoming and eager to share knowledge.

"It certainly was successful from the perspective of everything going right," Burke said. "We put a lot of effort into it."

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker visited the bog too, the first time a governor has visited the Cranberry Harvest Celebration.

The celebration continues on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 158 Tihonet Road in Wareham. Admission is $10, $5 for children, seniors, and military. Children under 7 are admitted free. The Cranberry Harvest Celebration is held at 158 Tihonet Road in Wareham.

A map at the entrance to the festival shows the distances people travelled from. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
A child enjoys music and bubbles by Mike the Bubble Man. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Kiley Eaudin, 7, decorates a pumpkin. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
(Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Sophie Burtness, 7, tries her hand at harvesting cranberries. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Lexi Burtness, 5, dry harvests berries. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Jack Burtness, 2, tastes a cranberry. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Singer-songwriter Grace Morrison performed throughout the day on Saturday. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Aurora Bichet-Burdick, 2, makes a mini bog in a cup at the "build a bog" station. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Eyes on Owls' Marcia Wilson introduces an owl to the crowd in the birds of prey presentation. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Hayden Orenstein, 13, snaps a selfie with an owl. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
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