Festival plans underway
The Historical Museum at St. Gertrude in Cottonwood, ID, is preparing for its 15th Raspberry Festival on August 5, 2007. The Raspberry Festival is a family-focused, fun-filled day with a variety of activities and events for young and old.
The day draws over 1,600 participants and features several mini-events including a 10k/5k fun run, car show, arts and crafts festival, cultural demonstrations, live music, cash raffle, food, and tours of the monastery chapel and museum. The day gets started with a Cowboy Breakfast from 8:00 - 10:00 am for the public, early bird attendees, fun run participants, craft vendors and volunteers. Generous servings of raspberry shortcake with whipped cream and barbequed beef sandwiches are the featured foods after breakfast.
The Raspberry Festival grew out of a need for increased public visibility and funding for the Museum. Now in its 76th year of operation, the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude is one of the oldest continuously operated museums in the Northwest. Founded by Sr. Alfreda Elsensohn and a collection of minerals from the US National Museum (now The Smithsonian), the museum has developed into a unique collection pertaining to the natural and cultural history of North Central Idaho. With over 70,000 artifacts in its collection, the museum collects and preserves the rich heritage of the area through the artifacts and their stories.
Schedule of Events for the Raspberry Festival:
7:00 am 10K Run/5K Walk Registration. Contact: Lyle Wirtanen, 208-962-2050 or apply online at www.signmeup.com/57559.
8:00 - 10:00 am Cowboy Breakfast, $5 per plate
10:00 - 4:00 pm Arts & Crafts Fair. Contact: Darla Whitley at 208-962-5061. Raspberry Shortcake, BBQ Beef and more in the High School Gym. Cash Raffle drawn at 3:30 pm Music, demonstrations, raspberry jam, vinegar, mustard and more!
11:00 - 3:00 pm Show 'n Shine. Contact: Loretta Riener at 208-983-8122 Motorcycle Show 'n Shine. Contact: Tiki at 208-962-3498.
If you are interested in volunteering or participating in this gala event, please contact Sr. Bernice Wessels at the museum 962-2050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more about the museum at www.HistoricalMuseumAtStGertrude.com.