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Celebrate all things cranberry

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The television commercials for Ocean Spray cranberry juice would have you think that the tart red fruit only grows in New England's bogs.
Think again.
Cranberry bogs are plentiful enough on the Washington Coast. The area from Westport through Grayland is known as the Cranberry Coast.
For the weekend of Oct. 8 and 9, the small beach town of Grayland becomes cranberry central for the 18th annual Cranberry Harvest Festival.
As the name suggests, this is an ode to all things linked to the tart little berry.
There's a bog jog -- a 3K, 5K and 10K run and walk -- through the bogs and along the beach. Or catch the cranberry cookoff, bog tours, market place and big berry contest, a competition to see who harvests the biggest cranberry.
The weekend also features a parade and cookoff.
There are plenty of places to spend the night, or it's about a three-hour drive from Everett.
Festival headquarters are at the historic Grayland Community Hall, a block off Highway 105 on Grange Road.
For more information, call 360-268-9422 or go to www.cranberrycoastcoc.com/festival.
Herald staff
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