Festival set for August 2
Come and join the fun at the 17th Annual Raspberry Festival, Sunday, August 2, at Monastery of St. Gertrude, 465 Keuterville Road in Cottonwood, Idaho.
A benefit for the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude, this event features activities for the whole family, including a fun run/walk, cowboy breakfast, kids carnival, arts and crafts fair, live music, cultural demonstrations, car show, quilt show, Spirit Center and chapel tours, museum visits and famous raspberry shortcake – all taking place on the monastery’s shady lawns and buildings.
“We have a unique setting for this event,” said Lyle Wirtanen, museum director. “The monastery grounds provide a beautiful backdrop for the more than 2,500 festival attendees who come to eat, play, visit with friends and shop for handmade crafts and gifts.”
The day’s activities will kick off with the 10K Raspberry Fun Run / 5K Walk at 8 am over a scenic, peaceful route, with spectacular views. Registration begins at 7 am and the entry fee includes a t-shirt and post-race refreshments. Register online at www.signmeup.com/65381 or call 208-962-2050. Pre-registration cost is $15 and it goes up to $18 if you wait to register on the day of the race.
A hearty cowboy breakfast will be served outside the museum, 8-10 am, featuring pancakes, bacon and scrambled eggs.
Festival attendees can shop at the arts and crafts fair, with more than 40 vendors, including the Sisters’ homemade bread, raspberry jam, raspberry wine and other raspberry products. Meet live alpacas and enjoy cultural demonstrations such as muzzleloaders, Lewis & Clark longboat, flint knapping, spinning, lace making and weaving.
Kids of all ages may test their luck at the old-fashioned carnival on the lawn. Treasure hunt at the gemstone dig and win prizes playing classic games such as knock ‘em down baseball, ring toss, fishin’ pond, dart throw, bean bag toss and penny pitch.
Enjoy barbecue beef sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, raspberry lemonade and raspberry shortcake, while you listen to live music from the Molly Malones, Old Time Fiddlers, Mary Kay Jungert’s swingin’ keyboard and Brendan Johnson’s classical guitar.
Eat, shop, play and relax with your neighbors at this year’s Raspberry Festival.
Find a festival schedule, photos and sign up sheets for all events on the web at www.HistoricalMuseumAtStGertrude.org. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call 208-962-2050.
Above are a variety of photos from last year's Raspberry Festival.