Rains help flood Washington cranberry bogs

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) - Recent heavy rains have been helpful for cranberry growers in southwest Washington.

All the water made it easier to flood bogs and float the berries for the harvest that began last month and will continue into early next month.

After a warm and sunny summer, it should be an average crop, according to Kim Patten who monitors the industry for the Washington State University extension unit at Long Beach.

The Daily News reports an average crop is welcome news after four years of poor yields.

The Long Beach Peninsula is celebrating with the annual Cranberrian Fair this weekend, with events at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco and the Cranberry Museum in Long Beach.

Cranberries have been grown for more than a century at Long Beach.