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Yellow Bay Cherry Blossom Festival offers fun for all

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YELLOW BAY — The 12th annual Yellow Bay Cherry Blossom Festival will be held on Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Yellow Bay Community Clubhouse located on Highway 35 at mile-marker 18. The festival is free and open to the public. This year’s event includes over 30 artisans and crafters offering an array of locally produced items including outdoor and indoor décor, metal art, soaps and skin care, photography, jewelry, artwork in various mediums, felted birds, beadwork, ladies’ accessories, jams and jellies, and assorted cherry-themed items including caps and t-shirts.

Free door prizes, silent auction bids and raffle tickets for quality items donated by local businesses will be available all day. 

Local author, Sharon Lamar, will offer readings and activities for children from her books on mountain wildflowers and butterflies. Face painting will also be available for kids.

The ladies auxiliary will offer lunch for a nominal charge. The menu includes Sloppy Joes, potato salad, hot dogs, and homemade pies and sweet treats from the bake sale table. 

Live music will feature local entertainer, Frank Kuntz, in the morning and “Jukebox Journey” musicians, Ken Edgington on keyboard and Ralph Campbell on drums, in the afternoon. 

The festival celebrates the cherry blossoms that traditionally bloom in May, signaling the upcoming cherry season. The festival also serves as a major fundraiser for the Yellow Bay Community Club, a social club serving residents all along the east shore of Flathead Lake. 

The club’s activities include potluck dinners, the support of local charities, and assisting with neighborhood needs that come to the attention of the organization. Generating funds to maintain the 80-year-old Yellow Bay Community clubhouse is also part of fundraising projects as club membership fees are nominal. In its heyday, the clubhouse was a gathering place for dances and social events, easily accommodating 100 people. Cherry grower meetings are still held at the clubhouse along with special community events open to the public.  

Membership is available to all in the community. Call Barbara at (406) 982-3064) or Shari at (406) 982-3437, for festival and club information.

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