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No Warrens Cranberry Festival in 2020

Kaitlyn Riley

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An annual celebration of Wisconsin’s official state fruit will not happen in 2020.

The Warrens Cranberry Festival Board of Directors announced the decision to cancel on Facebook Tuesday.

“While we are disappointed to share this news, protecting our small community and many faithful visitors that come every year to celebrate with us is of extreme importance to us all.”

In canceling the festival, several factors were considered. The board said with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to evolve unpredictably, they felt strongly that the most cautious course was to allow more time for the situation to stabilize.

“We thank everyone for their patience as we have considered all the matters necessary to make this difficult decision.”

The Warrens Cranberry Festival has been a tradition for 47 years. The Festival usually hosts over 45,000 people daily with over 1300 vendors from across the country. This is the first time the festival has been canceled.

The 2021 festival is scheduled for Sept. 24-26.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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