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Chatsworths Cranberry Festival
Is it worth the trip?
The New Jersey Pine Barrens are a forgotten part of New Jersey. Millions of tourists pass through it on their way to the Jersey Shore. But when the crowds go home, and the board walks are empty, the Pine Barrens are remembered for two days in October. The tourists surge to Chatsworth, a much forgotten, tiny town in the middle of one of the largest forests from Maine to Georgia.
For three hundred and sixty-three days a year, Chatsworth is a town so small –blink and you’ve missed it. On October 15th and 16th the tourists descend on Chatsworth. The festival begins at 10:00. Get there earlier. There is parking close to the festival for about five dollars. It fills up quickly. So, if you are not an early riser on the weekend, make sure you have good walking shoes because you will have to walk a half a mile or more to get into town
The festival is mostly crafts. Most crafts are not the type that little old ladies make on a cold winter’s night while sitting in their rocking chairs. Many are pieces that are made in factories in China. But they are still more interesting than anything you will find in your local mall. And there are some original art.
The food trucks are eclectic. Deep fried Oreos to Mexican to pulled pork. Something for the kid in all of us.
Is it worth the trip? If you like to walk on a nice fall day—if you like to see the Pine Barrens which make up 22% of New Jersey, if you like crafts, crowds by the afternoon, friendly people—then the Chatsworth Cranberry Festival is for you.