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

Two Langley affordable housing projects get provincial funding

First phase of $1.9 billion program to build residences for low and middle-income people

Court denies bid to overturn Langley City election

Serena Oh won’t be allowed to launch a legal action against the City.

LETTER: Canada should not be selling weapons abroad

A Langley man is critical of Canada for selling arms that are being used to kill civilians.

Langley author pens tribute to the men and women of Canada’s military for Remembrance Day

‘A soldier, a sailor and an airman … stood before the Pearly Gates’

LETTER: Langley candidate pleasantly surprised by campaign

A local woman who ran for municipal council is grateful for the experience.

VIDEO: Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

Official decision expected later Tuesday to end competition between North American cities to win bid and its promise of 50,000 jobs

Kuhnhackl scores 2 odd goals as Isles dump Canucks 5-2

Vancouver drops second game in two nights

Fear of constitutional crisis escalates in U.S.; Canadians can relate

Some say President Donald Trump is leading the U.S. towards a crisis

B.C.-based pot producer Tilray reports revenue surge, net loss

Company remains excited about ‘robust’ cannabis industry

Canada stands pat on Saudi arms sales, even after hearing Khashoggi tape

Khashoggi’s death at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul further strained Riyadh’s already difficult relationship with Ottawa

Feds pledge money for young scientists, but funding for in-house research slips

Canada’s spending on science is up almost 10 per cent since the Liberals took office, but spending on in-house research is actually down

Stink at B.C. school prompts complaints of headaches, nausea

Smell at Abbotsford school comes from unauthorized composting operation

Disabled boy has ‘forgiven’ bullies who walked on him in stream, mom says

A Cape Breton teen who has cerebral palsy was told to lie in a stream as other kids walked over him

Letters shed light on state of mind of B.C. mom accused of daughter’s murder

Trial of South Surrey mother Lisa Batstone begins in BC Supreme Court

Most Read