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The Cranberry Queen


Dateline: Thunder Lake Marsh, Oneida County, 1947. Advertisers have long known that sex will help sell almost anything, but this provocative combination of strapless bikini top and thigh-high waders certainly pushed the limits of good taste. Cranberries have been grown commercially in Wisconsin for well over 100 years but until Ocean Spray blended them with other fruit juices in 1963, consumer demand was comparatively small. Today Wisconsin's cranberry industry employs 7,000 workers and adds $300 million to the stateís economy. Just last month Governor Doyle signed into law a bill declaring the cranberry Wisconsinís official state fruit, along with 24 other state symbols.
:: Posted in Odd Lives on May 18, 2004
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