Cranberry Festival in Warrens, Wis. this weekend


Disregard the fact that it is indeed cranberry season and move on to the fact that Warrens, Wis. -- just a hop, skip, and a jump down I-94 -- hosts what organizers describe as the world's largest cranberry festival in the world. And it's going down this very weekend. Even Oprah's into it, naming the fest one of "6 Food Festivals That Are Worth the Trip" in the September issue of O Magazine.

On tap foodwise are cranberry cream puffs, cranberry sundaes, pancakes with cranberry syrup, and cranberry fritters along with things like fry bread, chocolate-covered cheesecake on a stick, and, apparently, Bosnian food (?).

There will be a contest for the biggest cranberry, which strikes us as sorta funny, a recipe contest, and appearances by this year's Cranberry Queen and two Cranberry Princesses as well as cranberry marsh tours and a "Gigantic Parade" scheduled for noon on Sunday.

And despite its emphasis on cranberries, the festival is also a celebration of autumn, and a great excuse to hawk arts and crafts and fair foods -- cheese curds and turkey legs and all.

The festival's going on Friday through Sunday.