Cranberry farming creates many beautiful sights on the Long Beach Peninsula, from the haze of red on the field to the sparkling sprays of irrigation jets in the mist. Every year Ilwaco’s Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum (formerly the Ilwaco Heritate Museum) hosts the Cranberrian fair with a “bog bus” (actually the handsome old Long Beach trolley) that will take you to see the autumn harvest in progress. In October of 2010 the tour happened on a particularly beautiful autumn day.
The trolley took us out of Ilwaco to the Cranberry Research Station with its bogs and its Cranberry Museum.
The method of harvesting does not seem to have changed much over the years…
Heathers are planted alongside the bogs to encourage bees early in the season. Bees are also brought in by beekeepers to pollenate the crop.
Inside the museum, we had a delicious lunch catered by Beach House Catering and perused Cranberrian Fair t- shirts, a wine tasting, a walk through display of old harvesting implements and history, and a gift shop full on cranberry related items (soap, food, even lampshades painted with cranberries).
In 2012, the fair will be on October 13th and 14th.