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Yellow Bay celebrates cherry blossoms

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 YELLOW BAY — The 14th annual Yellow Bay Cherry Blossom Festival will be held on Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Yellow Bay Community Clubhouse located on Montana Highway 35 at mile-marker 18. The festival is free and open to the public.  This year’s event includes artisans and crafters offering an array of locally produced items including outdoor and indoor décor, metal art, soaps, photography, jewelry, artwork in various mediums, felted birds, beeswax candles, ladies’ accessories, jams and jellies, assorted cherry-themed items, and face-painting for the kids. Outdoor vendor space is still available; call Shari at 406-982-3437 for reservations.

Free door prizes will be announced throughout the day. Bids for silent auction items, including two 18-hole rounds of golf with a cart at Eagle Bend, and a dinner cruise for two from KwaTaqNuk, and raffle tickets for many items donated from local businesses, will be available until 4 p.m. Winners need not be present to claim winnings. 

The ladies auxiliary will offer lunchtime Sloppy Joes, hot dogs, potato salad, and pie at a nominal charge. The bake sale table will have homemade pies and sweet treats.

Live music will feature local entertainer, Frank Kuntz, throughout the day.

The festival celebrates the cherry blossoms that traditionally bloom in early May ushering in the cherries that follow in July. 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 Yellow Bay Club’s charitable projects include donations to local food banks, the Lake View Care Center, student field trips, organizations aiding foster children, and assisting with neighborhood needs that come to the attention of the club.

The festival also generates funds to maintain the 75-year-old clubhouse, home to potlucks, receptions, private celebrations, and cherry growers’ meetings. In its heyday, the clubhouse was a popular gathering place for social events and dances, accommodating up to 100 people.

Membership and community events are open to all. Call 406-982-3437 for festival and club information.

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