Volunteers bag cranberries at the eponymous festival in Fort Langley on Saturday.

Attendance up at 20th annual Cranberry Festival

Forecast rain storm fails to arrive, helps fill the streets of Fort Langley with people

The 20th annual Cranberry festival drew large crowds Saturday.

The fact that a severe rain storm for the region failed to materialize may have contributed to a larger-than-usual turnout, going by by the size of the crowds in downtown Fort Langley and the length of the hike many people had to get there from available parking spots.

Organizers did not have exact numbers, but noted the number of vendors was up 30 per cent from previous years.

The number of visitors who attended previous Cranberry Festivals has been estimated at approximately 60,000 people.

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