S. Oregon Coast’s Bandon Cranberry Festival unleashes a colorful storm of taste, music and fun

S. Oregon Coast’s Bandon Cranberry Festival unleashes a colorful storm of taste, music and fun

Published on 08/30/22 at 05:02 AM PNH
By the staff of the Oregon Coast Beach Connection

(Bandon, Oregon) – A heckuva party will soon take place on Oregon’s southern coast, as the 76th annual Bandon Cranberry Festival hits the charming little town, with lots of red bits and a tradition closing in over a century. The Bandon Chamber of Commerce organizes the big event every year, and it takes place from September 9th to 11th, with most of the events located in Bandon’s municipal park. (Photo courtesy of Bandon Visitor Center)

Cranberry Country Jamboree is the theme this time around.

The annual festival celebrates in honor of local cranberry cultivation, an industry that has put Oregon on the map as well as this section of the South Coast, with a wide variety of operations in Bandon, Sixes, Langlois and as far as Port-Orford.

Bandon’s cranberries are often said to be the tastiest in the country, and this good time will be an example of that with not only plenty of food, but a ton of entertainment, cranberry farm gear, sports, and shopping. . Parts of the festival are considered pre-celebrations and extend this massive party until September 8, starting with a historical perspective of the Bandon Cranberry Festival at the Bandon Historical Museum.


South Coast skies in a cranberry mood – photo Oregon Coast Beach Connection

The Bandon Crab Derby has been running since July, where you catch a tagged crab for a chance to win a prize. This ends on September 11 with the closing of the festival.

“With 76 years of family fun, the Bandon Cranberry Festival is the longest running festival on the Oregon Coast,” said Chamber Manager Margaret Pounder. “The festival is a lively introduction to the community of Bandon, as well as a centuries-old tradition for residents.”

Kicking off the proceedings is the famous Cranberry Cooking Contest at 9 a.m. on September 9. Judging of entries begins at noon. Next, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Craft Bake Sale and Bazaar takes place at the VFW Hall in Bandon.

There is a quilt show that day, the Old Town Market Square Farmers’ Market takes place at the Port of Bandon Waterfront, and the whole town turns into “Cranberry City” with merchants around the market town offering special offers of different characteristics.

On September 10, the Cranberry Festival Bike Ride takes place at 8 a.m. and bake sales continue at VFW Hall. Then there’s the Cranberry Festival Parade: it starts at 10 a.m. at Bandon High School and heads toward Highway 101. The Cranberry Festival Vendor Market runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring all kinds of locally made goods.

Throughout it all, live music plays out on two large stages, including bands such as Tiller of the Moon, Sly & Co, Rogue Strings and a finale from dance group The High Deductibles.

There’s the all-day Cranberry Car Show, a kids’ corner with all kinds of toys, and the Cranberry Eating Contest.

On Sunday, look for many of the same features as the previous days, but now also the Cranberry Festival Vendor Court. The Prancing Animal Parade starts at 11 a.m., there’s another full lineup of live music, another eating contest, and the Bandon Lions Club Cranberry Race starts at 4 p.m.

The Bandon Cranberry Festival began in the 1940s. The initial shindig was held in November, with the parade being added the following year, also in November, to mark the end of the cranberry harvest. Eventually, the Cranberry Festival was moved from that cold month to a location earlier in the year, now basking in the warmth of the southern Oregon Coast’s “second summer.”

The full program is available on the Bandon Cranberry Festival page.

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