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Visitors far & wide descend on Bandon for 70th Cranberry Festival

Bandon Cranberry Festival (SBG/Jessica Waite)

BANDON, Ore. -- Bandon was a busy place to be this weekend with the annual celebration of the cranberry.

People from near and far visited what some say is the cranberry capital of the northwest for the 70th Annual Cranberry Festival.

Folks lined up along Highway 101 early Saturday morning for the cranberry parade.

A festival market, live music, and cranberry eating contest were all a part of the festivities.

Some say they look forward to it all year.

"It's very exciting, not just for the business, but for the whole community,” said Dawn McFeron, manager of Cranberry Sweets and More. “We're very community-minded, and we just can't wait for this event every year; it's the 'hoopla,' you know, it's just everything for us. We love it.”

"We do a lot of salmon fishing on the river and stuff like that, but we always make sure that we plan it right around the Cranberry Festival,” said Dave Compomizzo of California. “We actually bring friends and relatives with us and kind of enjoy the parade and all the good deals here at the cranberry sweets, and just enjoy the town."

The Cranberry Festival wrapped up Sunday, but the cranberry season has just begun.

The harvest season is generally in mid-October, but some farmers have already started harvesting.

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