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Flathead Cherry Festival Celebrates history, community

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POLSON – The Polson Business Community has been hard at work planning the 23rd annual Flathead Cherry Festival featuring local art, vendors, food, and cherries.

We invite you to Downtown Polson- Saturday, July 30, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, July 31, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., to celebrate the history of the Flathead Cherry growers and the community we love to live in.

 Fun Festival Facts:

• 70% of the booths are local and regional artists, with over 120 vendors participating

• Fresh local cherries, pies, and yummy baked goods 

• 2 food courts

• Live music Saturday afternoon


 July 30:  Cherry Alley near The Cove Pizza & Deli

12 pm-5 pm: Chalk Art Contest

Get ready and be creative on your sidewalk block—an all-ages contest with prizes for winners in different categories. Pick up chalk beginning at noon. The contest will be judged at 5 p.m. Bring your chalk if you like, but we will also have plenty to provide.

2 p.m.: Cherry Pit Spitting Contest 

Back by popular demand. Cherries are provided for this all-ages competition.

 July 31: Food Court Tent

1 p.m.: Foodie Competition (New)

Do you make the best pie, sweet, or savory dish with cherries? Enter the new Foodie Competition at the Flathead Cherry Festival. There are three categories of competition: pie, sweet, and savory. Register online to participate.

 Pancake Breakfast (hosted by the Polson Chamber of Commerce) 7 a.m.-11 a.m. at Elks Lodge both Saturday and Sunday Mornings

 We enjoyed our later event dates last year to match better when the local cherry crops are ripe. The Flathead Cherry Growers Co-Op invites their orchards to have truckloads of cherries for sale during the 2-day event. 

 We as a community are excited to celebrate once again with the public. In addition to the street vendors, all Main Street businesses will also be open during the event. We are grateful for everyone’s continued support of our established and new local businesses.

 A newer local shop owner, Carol Lynn Lapotka of handMADE Montana, says, “Events like the Flathead Cherry Festival are essential additions to small communities like Polson. They create opportunities for us to share the creativity and vibrancy of our corner of the lake. Events are great for gathering people together and boosting the local economy.”

 The Flathead Cherry Festival is organized by volunteer members of the Polson Business Community and supported by the Flathead Cherry Growers, Inc.

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