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Cherry Festival moves to last weekend in July

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POLSON — The annual Flathead Cherry Festival returns to downtown Polson Saturday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug. 1.

The two-day event, sponsored by the Polson Business Community and Flathead Lake Growers Inc, will feature family-friendly activities and summertime fun while celebrating the Flathead Cherry industry.

While the majority of the festival activities will be in full swing, the cherry pit spitting and a cherry pie eating contest will once again be canceled due to health and safety concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The start date of the festival has also changed. According to festival organizers, this year the event has been shifted to a later weekend so the celebration coincides cherry ripeness in the valley.

While munching on locally grown cherries, festival-goers will able to browse vendor booths and local businesses located along Main Street peddling their art and wares, including everything from sunglasses to cherry pies.

Food vendors will also be on hand. Slated at noon on Saturday, an all-ages sidewalk chalk art contest will be held in front of the Cove Deli and Pizza. The contest will be judged at 5 p.m.

Organized by the Polson Chamber of Commerce, a full pancake breakfast for $5 will be served each morning from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Elks Lodge. More festival details can be found at


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