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77th Annual Bandon Cranberry Festival Sweetens South Oregon Coast Sept. 9 - 10

Published 08/03/23 at 5:31 a.m.
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77th Annual Bandon Cranberry Festival Sweetens South Oregon Coast Sept. 9 - 10

(Bandon, Oregon) – Is it a coincidence that Bandon almost rhymes with cranberry? (Bandon - see Manuela Durson Fine Arts for more)

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Yes it is, and that was a bad pun. All kidding aside, the little south Oregon coast town and the fruit are inextricably intertwined, and the 77th annual Bandon Cranberry Festival displays that in full form on September 9 – 10. This year's theme is Crandyland; now there's a pun that actually works.

Perhaps the biggest festival on the south Oregon coast, it's held each year to give a shout out to local cranberry farmers, and to teach the general public about the area's major industry. It features entertainment and fun for all ages, even serving as an introduction of the area to visitors.

It's certainly ingrained in Bandon's culture, being a major tradition that goes back to the close of World War II.


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The Bandon Cranberry Festival brings on a parade, the festival market, an atmospheric street dance at night, along with live music and that ever-famous cranberry eating contest. Art exhibits, the big craft market and displays of farm equipment and classic cars round out the experience.

The local traditions run deep here as well, including the Cranberry Queen coronation and some major sports events in the community.

One of the events that opens the festival for locals is the Cranberry Kitchen Contest, happening on Friday, September 8. The first Queen of the Kitchen was crowned the second year of the festival, in 1948.

It all officially kicks off on Saturday morning with the parade through town. The theme will be Crandyland.

There's also the Cranberry Festival Bike Ride, Old Town Marketplace Farmers Market, and the quilt show on Saturday, along with Cranberry Festival Vendor Market and live music on stage. The cranberry eating contest gets underway and there's free games of cornhole going on. The street dance happens at night on Saturday.

On Sunday, look for the Cranberry Festival Food Court, the Prancing Pet Parade, more cranberry-eating, cornhole, live music and shopping throughout the south Oregon coast town. Things round out with the Cranberry Run through Bandon.

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