When we think about cranberries we think about Thanksgiving, which happens to be just around the corner. Nothing goes better with turkey and apple pie than cranberries. So why not celebrate the cranberry with a festival? That’s exactly what the folks in Warrens Wisconsin did many years ago. And guess what; the Warrens Cranberry Festival has turned out to be a bigger-than-life event for the folks in the heart of Cranberry Country. This is an absolutely must-do early fall day trip. Discover the color of fall at the 46th Warrens Cranberry Festival.
Located one hour southeast of Eau Claire and two hours northwest of Madison, the small village of 350 swells to over 100,000 shoppers searching for that unique find among the 1300 art and craft booths from 26 states! This fest is a great way to accomplish all your seasonal decorating ideas or holiday gifts. The flea/antique market area is a stop for the men to pick up new fishing lures, hunting knives and scopes for the fall hunting season.
The Farm Market has a huge selection of all the fall produce: apples, gourds, pumpkins, popcorn, Indian corn, with fresh cranberries, juices, salsas, jams/jellies and all the traditional fall veggies. There is even a largest vegetable contest as well as a scarecrow contest along with the biggest cranberry and pumpkin. Check out the photography, quilts, flowers, and food demos.
Shoppers state “If you cannot find it in Warrens — it’s not available!” This show has been judged by the vendors through “Sunshine Artists” magazine in Florida as being 52nd in the top 200 shows in the country! The festival opens daily at 7 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m.
A must-do favorite is the Cranberry Bog Tours on Friday and Saturday starting at 8 a.m. Follow up with a visit to the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center on Main Street.
You may eat your way through the ninety-eight ethnic food vendors starting out with pancakes and cranberry syrup, but don’t forget to leave room for Marshfield’s Sweet Adeline’s Cranberry Cream Puffs!
For more detailed information on this exceptional event please check www.cranfest.com. This is a trip you won’t want to miss. Although transportation cost is a bit more expensive on the weekends, we have scheduled this tour on a Saturday for those that work during the week and for those who would like to make this tour a real family affair without taking a day off from work or school.
6:00 AM - Depart Cedar Rapids Sam’s Club parking lot behind Burger King on Blairs Ferry Rd.
Coffee, donuts and other good stuff on board
8:15 AM - Arrive in Fennimore, Wisconsin for a short break and a little cheese buying
- as this is the Cheese Capital of Wisconsin
8:45 AM - Depart Fennimore for Warrens, WI.
Travelling along the picturesque highways of Southwestern Wisconsin
11:00 PM - Arrive at Warrens Cranberry Festival
Let the fun begin!
5:00 PM - Depart the Cranberry Festival with all your treasures for home
We will make a short, non-scheduled break about half-way home
10:00 PM - Arrive at Sam’s Club Cedar Rapids
10:30 PM - Call all of your friends who unfortunately missed the trip and tell them what a great time you had.
$85.00 PP - Includes transportation via luxury motor coach, en-route snacks and refreshments.