Thanks from the Huckleberry Festival

The Huckleberry Festival takes a moment to thank all of those that make this weekend possible.

Festival Sponsors:

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Another festival has come and gone and another milestone reached. Again, we had record numbers participating in the pentathlon, parade, jam/jelly and dessert contests and in attendance. Entertainment was fantastic! Vendors were aplenty! Food booths sold out. And the crowds were strong and steady! WOW! I’d like to thank Nicole Gonzalez from Glacier Country Tourism for following me around, blogging about our festival and getting the word out on social media about our BIG festival in a small town!

Special Thanks Goes To:

Park Maintenance: Michelle Burke, Bob Green, Don Manning, Kelly and Debbie O’Toole and Barb Tully.
Festival Set-Up and Take-Down: Don Manning, Kelly and Debbie O’Toole, Laura Donaldson and Wood Creek Academy, Northern Lights, Inc. crew, Glen Haas, John Webb, Bob Rains, Joy Lynn Shafer, Marty and Rebekah Sharp, TJ Jackson, Dieter Jaegers and many more.
Miss Huckleberry Talent Contest: Beth Riffle (Chair), her helpers and contest judges.
Dog Agility Competition/Demonstration: Jan Manning, Sanders County Dog Training Club and Huckleberry Hounds Dog Agility.
Huckleberry Homesteaders Pentathlon: Don Manning and volunteers Bob Rains, Joy Lynn Shafer, Barb Madsen and Tim Greene.
Festival Food Booth: Jan Galayda (Chair) and ALL the volunteers who worked furiously in the booth making things happen. Special thanks to Jo Carder for making the huckleberry puree and sauce. Huge thanks Lydia Swartzentruber for making our huckleberry pies. And to Ron Hanks and his crew for delivering our products!
T-Shirt Booth: Debb McNary (Chair), volunteers Kathy Pugh, Kay Clarke, Kate Comunetti, Susan Graf and Cathy Mills.
Grand Marshalls: Debbie and Dave Lyman (Heron) and to Cary Andrews for driving them in the parade in his Model A.
Auction: Sandy Green (Chair) and Auctioneer Kevin Hill. Volunteers Tracey Dean, Jean Manning, Jackie Nichols, Donna Beck and Joan Horner. Special thanks to John and Julie Harris for the use of their trailer.
Media/PR: Sandi Gubel (Chair) with support from: KPAX, Lively Times, Missoulian, Sanders County Ledger and the Clark Fork Valley Press and Glacier Country Tourism. Special thanks to Tom and Bina Eggensperger , SC Ledger, for all their years of support – happy retirement!
Vendors/Booths: Kathy Hill (Chair), volunteers Jim Hill, Char Toyosaki, Don Manning, Bob Rains Carrie Greene and Tim Greene.
Sound Booth Operator: Dieter Jaegers (Chair) and Bill Kenyon.
Berry Sales: “Huckleberry” Jo Carder (Chair)
Treasury: Barb Tully (Chair) and Betsy Schlosser.
Musicians: D & D Music, Bob Sink, Swing Street Big Band, Albeni Falls Pipes and Drums of North Idaho, Back Adit Band, Adam Craw and the “tincup” band.
Entertainment: The Pitiful Players of Libby and Dance Xplosion!, led by Brynn Kenyon.
Parade: Deb Achatz (Chair) and her volunteers. Special thanks to Sanders County Sheriff's Office, Sanders County Search and Rescue and MT Dept. of Transportation.
Horseshoe Tournament Volunteers: Rick and Robyn Little of Arlee.
Pie-Eating Contest: Sarah Dramstad and volunteers. With special thanks to Minnie’s Montana Café, Harvest Foods and The Local Store, for donating the pies.
Jam/Jelly and Dessert Contest: Mitzi Stonehocker (Chair) with help from Sandy McDonald, Seeley and Maizi McDonald and Sandy Green. Special thanks goes to all of the judges.
Webmaster: Tamra Raiche
Security: Terry (TJ) Jackson
Sunday Services: Trout Creek Community Church
First Aid Station: Western Sanders County Community Ambulance
Trash and Recycling Collection: Trout Creek Community Church volunteers
Pancake Breakfast: Trout Creek Rural Volunteer Fire Dept. and volunteers

Very Special Thanks To: ALL OF OUR SPONSORS! And to the businesses who also helped support our booth reconstruction through their donations: Miramac Metals, Inc.; Jeff Reed; Chapel Cedar, Inc.; Craik Concrete; Betty and Wendell Kenney; Johnson’s Hardware; Aitkens Quik Stop; True Value; Thompson Falls Sand and Gravel and Gambles. And to the individuals who gave their time to construct, paint/stain or do grunt work: Don Manning, Debbie and Kelly O’Toole, Carrie and Tim Greene, Bob Green and Jim Mershon. What great fun we had!

Additional Thanks To: Jim Hill, Art Keister, The Printery, Larry Wanamaker (20 Odd Storage), Charlie Wilson (Blackfoot) and Sally and Lisa at Farmers Union Insurance.

To My Committee Members: I really don’t even have the words to express how proud I am of all of you. You lift me up and help me carry-on through your kinds words, your laughter and your amazing dedication. You truly understand the meaning of community service. Thank you all so very much for standing beside me and giving freely of your time and positive energy. My appreciation to your families as well, who let you be away from home for so many hours and day’s.

Please check out our website at to see our 2017 photos and contest winners!

See You All at the 39th Annual Huckleberry Festival, August 10-12, 2018

Debb McNary
Huckleberry Festival Chair 2017