Harvest time is a great time to visit the Long Beach Peninsula. Clams, cranberries and mushrooms are all in high season, and everyone can participate, learn and taste.
Long Beach Peninsula, Washington (PRWEB) September 29, 2012
A celebration of local harvest including all things cranberry will take place on Southwest Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula, October 13 and 14, 2012, from 10AM until 4PM. Foods, crafters, bog tours and more will showcase the area’s rich heritage during the annual Cranberrian Fair. Collectible Cranberrian Fair buttons are $5 each and cover admission to all events at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco. Admission to the Cranberry Museum in Long Beach is free.
"Harvest time is a great time to visit the Long Beach Peninsula,” says Andi Day, executive director, Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau. “Clams, cranberries and mushrooms are all in high season, and everyone can participate, learn and taste.”
As part of the Cranberrian Fair activities, the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum will showcase a variety of vendors offering handmade items such as pottery, cranberry vine baskets, jewelry, hand-turned wooden bowls, paintings, homemade peach/cranberry pies, and more. Various artisans, including a blacksmith who transforms railroad spikes into art, will be demonstrating throughout the day on both days. The Chinook Tribe will be serving Indian fry bread and tacos. Fair entrance includes admission to the Museum's exhibitions and the 1889 narrow gauge passenger car NAHCOTTA.
A Cranberry Trolley will provide museum-to-bog transportation on a first come, first served basis. Departing on the hour from 11AM to 2PM during the festival, the trolley will whisk visitors from the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum (115 SE Lake Street, Ilwaco) to the Pacific Coast Cranberry Research Foundation and Cranberry Museum (2907 Pioneer Road, Long Beach).
At the Pacific Coast Cranberry Research Foundation and Cranberry Museum, festival goers can watch the wet harvest of ripe, crimson berries; take a self-guided bog tour; visit the gift shop, well stocked with cranberry products; and learn about the 100 plus years of cranberry cultivation on the Peninsula.
Chinook Indians had harvested wild cranberries, which grew in natural bogs on the Long Beach Peninsula, since before recorded history. Commercial growing started in 1881, and harvest of what growers refer to as “red gold” has been celebrated ever since. The Long Beach Peninsula is one of the largest cranberry growing regions in the state. Acres upon acres of cranberry bogs thrive under ideal coastal conditions of moist sea air, fertile sandy soil and protective evergreens. Washington is the fifth largest grower of cranberries in the U.S. and provides 15 to 20% of the fresh fruit.
About the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum
The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum is a museum of local history and culture in Southwest Pacific County and the mouth of the Columbia River. The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum is open from Tuesday through Saturday, 10AM to 4PM, and Sunday, noon to 4PM. Free Admission Thursdays are sponsored by the Port of Ilwaco. For museum information, please call (360) 642-3446 or visit http://www.columbiapacificheritagemuseum.org.
About Southwest Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula
With its mix of sensational restaurants, ocean view lodging, unique museums and attractions, u-pick cranberry and blueberry farms, lighthouses, galleries, trails, birding spots, and, above all, its long, wide, windswept beach, the Long Beach Peninsula continues to be one of the Northwest’s most enjoyable and refreshing getaway destinations. For event and visitor information, please call the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau at 800-451-2542 or access http://www.funbeach.com.