During the annual Warrens Harvest Day, visitors can tour a cranberry marsh, visit the state’s only cranberry museum, take a wagon ride to a pumpkin patch, pick apples at a 140-year-old orchard, and view arts and crafts made by local artisans.

The Saturday, Oct. 6 event is hosted by the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center, Wetherby Cranberry Company, Moseley Roadside Market, Rex Moseley Fruit and Vegetable Farm, St. Matthew Lutheran Church and the Warrens Area Business Association.

Wetherby Cranberry Company is offering marsh tours from 9-11 a.m. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Third-generation cranberry grower Nodji Van Wychen and other members of her family will lead the tours.

“Guests board buses and we give them a tour of our marsh, explaining how cranberries are grown and harvested. Visitors can also rent a pair of hip boots and wade out into the floating cranberries to have their photo taken. They just have to bring their camera. We’ll supply the boots,” Van Wychen said.

The Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center, located at 204 Main St. in downtown Warrens, is offering free admission to its interactive museum from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day. Housed in a historic cranberry warehouse, the center showcases the state’s cranberry growing heritage. The center will also be serving cranberry brats for lunch, along with its 11 flavors of cranberry ice cream.

Moseley Roadside Market is offering free wagon rides from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Anyone who wants to can take a ride out to our pumpkin patch to choose their own pumpkins and enjoy the fall colors on our farm,” said owner Grant Moseley.

At Rex Moseley’s Fruit and Vegetable Farm, owner Rex Moseley invites parents to bring their children to make memories picking apples on his family’s 140-year-old farm.

New this year, St. Matthew Lutheran Church is holding its annual craft fair in conjunction with Harvest Day. Area artisans will showcase jewelry, quilts and bird feeders. The St. Matthew Ignite Youth Group is serving lunch. Admission is free.

For more information and a map showing the locations of each participant, see the VisitWarrens.com website or e-mail info@visitwarrens.com.

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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