The wet weather didn't dampen the spirits of Cranberry Festival volunteers Alisha Jia (L) and Doris Wu.

Attendance at Cranberry Fest in Fort Langley drops due to downpour (with video)

Organizers say considering the weather, turnout was good



Attendance was down at the 21st annual Cranberry Festival in the heart of Fort Langley, but organizers are not dismayed.

An estimated 35,000 people attended the all-day event Saturday despite the heavy rain that drenched the outdoor festival, a drop of around 30 per cent from the previous year.

“It’s an impressive turnout, considering the weather,” said Gareth Abreo, treasurer of the Fort Langley Business Improvement Association.

The Cranberry Festival is held each year on the Saturday of the Thanksgiving weekend to celebrate the harvest and history of the cranberry in Fort Langley.

Photo: As part of the cranberry festivities, Iris Sung (L) and Celine Ahodekon prepared traditional bannock with cranberries at historical Fort Langley. Dan Ferguson/Langley Times

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