The 45th Warrens Cranberry Festival was filled with heat, sun and people.
It was wonderful, Deanna Donaldson, president of the festival, said.
“For the heat we had it was amazing,” she said. “It was a lot of happy people, even though it was hot, and they had to take breaks and drink water. There were a lot of smiling people about having a good day.”
The crowd did not disappoint, Donaldson said. Even with the heat, she estimates it was similar to previous years.
“I think on Sunday we were a little lighter for the parade, just because it was pretty warm, and then they were sitting in the sun and standing for the parade, so think it was a little less crowded,” she said. “But Friday and Saturday there were quite a few people here ... a typical Friday and Saturday.”
The heat did cause problems with guests at the festival. Donaldson said there were several ambulance calls for people having trouble coping with temperatures that soared into the 90s..
“It was more ... than normal because we don’t normally have that heat. It affects people, and they don’t know about it,” she said. “(We didn’t have) serious calls or anything; it was pretty typical, some people just got overheated — they’re out and having a good time and forget to drink the water in their hand because they were looking at things.”
Donaldson said the festival workers were diligent, watching the crowds to pick out anyone having issues to try to get to them before anything happened.
“We knew coming in ... the heat was coming and people were coming, so we tried to do what (we could) ... to be proactive,” she said. “We had barn fans blowing, cooling stands and misting stations ... and great volunteers and great people working for the festival ... out on prowl for people that might have problems and try to get them where they needed to go.”
For the second year the parade was help at 2 p.m. rather than noon. Donaldson said the later time worked out well.
“People got a lot of shopping done, and after all the shopping they were ready to sit down and watch the parade,” she said.
Only one band dropped out of the parade because of the weather, Donaldson said.
This year organizers decided to see how many different nations were represented at the festival. They discovered it was 40, an increase of 15 from when the last count was taken in 2012.
Not including the United States, countries represented at the festival were: Russia, China, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, Philippines, New Zealand, Australia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, India, Ukraine, Turkey, Israel, Poland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Norway, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Niger, Chad, Zimbabwe, Iceland, Greenland, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, France, Lithuania, Romania and Thailand.
She the next count will be done in 2022.
“We try to do it every five years on our anniversary,” she said.
The festival was a success because of everyone involved, Donaldson said.
“I want to thank everybody for coming and thank the great volunteers,” she said. “I get to work with some amazing people and put on a great festival, and it takes a lot of work from these people, working 18-hour days, and I’m just grateful.”