Glover Road

PHOTOS: Popular Cranberry Festival a soaker in Fort Langley

Even a power outage didn’t deter people from making the trip to downtown Fort Langley.




Torrential morning rain and a power outage that swept through downtown Fort Langley wasn’t enough to keep people away from the 21st annual Cranberry Festival.

The celebration of the tart red berry saw a section of Glover Road closed to traffic to accommodate the vendors who set up in the middle for the road, while Mary Avenue was also pedestrian only, to allow visitors to check out the food trucks parked along that street.

By late morning, the landscape was thick with tents and umbrellas.

Ocean Spray cranberries were bagged by volunteers and sold to visitors near the Fort Langley Community Hall.

(Read more below)

And, north of the festival in the Fraser River, the Cranberry Regatta, hosted by the Fort Langley Canoe Club, went on as scheduled.

Teams tested their paddling skills aboard voyageur canoes.

The power was out for a couple of hours in the morning, noted festival coordinator Meghan Neufeld.

“We had a backup generator that we used to power the stage,” Neufeld said. “It saved the entertainment, absolutely.”

Neufeld said considering there was a weather warning throughout the Fraser Valley, “we were very surprised at the number of people who came out and very happy with the number of people who come out.”

Neufeld estimated that between 25,000 and 30,000 people took in the festival.

Some vendors didn’t come due to the weather, but those who did brave the conditions were pleased, Neufeld said.

“I spoke to one returning vendor who said sales were only down 10 percent from last year and that was midday,” she added. “Everybody seemed to be in pretty good spirits.”

• Click here for more photos from the festival

Just Posted

Charges upgraded against mother of murdered Langley girl

Kerryann Lewis now faces first- rather than second-degree murder in the death of Aaliyah Rosa.

WATCH: Farm Country Brewing in Langley City expected to open in summer

Farm Country Brewing is currently under construction and is planned to open in summer 2019.

South Langley centre offers seniors an array of activities

Members decide which courses and activities are offered at the Brookswood Seniors Centre.

LETTER: Langley/Surrey shortchanged on transit for Vancouver

Funding to get SkyTrain to Langley City could come from not undergrounding Vancouver’s extension.

LETTER: Area letter writer puts Trump government shutdown in perspective

A Maple Ridge letter writer is critical of Hillary Clinton’s comments about the shutdown.

VIDEO: U.S. Congress to probe whether Trump told lawyer Cohen to lie

At issue is a BuzzFeed News report that about negotiations over a Moscow real estate project

Rookie Demko backstops Canucks to 4-3 win over Sabres

Young Vancouver goalie makes 36 saves to turn away Buffalo

UPDATE: Injured firefighter in stable condition

Kelowna fire crews responded to a blaze at Pope’sGallery of BC Art & Photography on Friday

Book a ride on a driverless shuttle in Surrey or Vancouver

Automated vehicle demos are being offered, as the two cities plan pilot projects with the shuttles

Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ takes to the skies this Sunday

Celestial event happens only three times this century

Arrest made after historic B.C. church hit by arson

The fire at the 150-year-old Murray United Church in Merritt was considered a possible hate crime

Missing man from Crowsnest Pass could be in Lower Mainland

58-year-old Stuart David Duff was last seen on Jan. 6, 2019.

B.C. dangerous offender in court for violating no-contact order, sends letter to victim

Wayne Belleville was shocked to see a letter addressed to him from his shooter, Ronald Teneycke

Man blames his loud car radio, sirens for crash with B.C. ambulance

Tribunal rejects bid to recoup ICBC costs after crash deemed 100-per-cent his fault

Most Read