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Welcome to the Huckleberry Festival Website!!

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In memory of Liz Citrino, Huckleberry Festival Chair from 2006 to early 2014, we would like to dedicate this year's 35th Annual Huckleberry Festival to her.
Liz was a unique woman with an amazing ability to bring people together and accomplish great things. It wasn't until we lost her that we even realized just how much she accomplished as a single individual. She has left her mark on this festival forever and she is sorely missed.

We are accepting donations in Liz's honor.

Please send them to: Huckleberry Inc., P.O.Box 1447, Trout Creek, MT 59874. We are still in the planning stages as to what type of permanent marker we will place at the Trout Creek Park in her honor.

Below are links to the festival schedule, as well as information and entry forms for our Parade, Dessert contest, Jam & Jelly contest, Pie-Eating contest, Huckleberry Homesteader Pentathlon , and Run for Fun. You will also find photos, and contact information for people who can answer any questions you may have.

Come back to the site often as we update the schedule and list of events!




The huckleberry, which grows wild in the high mountainous areas of the region, is a tasty purple fruit unlike any other. We celebrate it.

More than 30 years ago, the Huckleberry Festival was started in our little town of trout Creek in northwestern Montana by a group of artists who sought a spot to sell their creations. Vendors of freshly-picked huckleberries liked the opportunity to sell their wares, too.

The Huckleberry Festival, put on by volunteers from our community, has grown through the years. People flock to taste and purchase the berries, sold on the park grounds to benefit the festival. Food vendors feature the tasty "purple gold" in huckleberry ice cream cones, on cheesecake, in drinks, and even atop Polish dogs.

The Trout Creek Fire Department offers its Saturday and Sunday morning huckleberry pancake breakfasts, and both children and adults bake the tastiest recipes they know for the honor of competing in the Huckleberry Dessert Contest.

In addition, more than 100 arts and crafts vendors display and sell their wares at Trout Creek Community Park. Scheduled events include entertainment on stage throughout the weekend, a parade, 5K fun run, dancing under the stars, karaoke, dog agility demonstration, huckleberry homesteader pentathlon, food by community groups, a pageant, an auction, children's activities, horseshoe contest, and interfaith worship service. (See the schedule).

Trout Creek was even proclaimed "Huckleberry Capitol of Montana" by the state's legislature in 1981.

The Huckleberry Festival has become a place where the community gathers, families reunite, and those who discover its charms come back year after year.

The festival takes place each year during the weekend which starts with the second Friday of August. August 8, 9 and 10, 2014 will mark our 35th festival. People from near and far gather for a great time. We look forward to seeing you there!

Happy Huckleberrying!
The Huckleberry Festival Committee

For Huckleberry Festival Information:

Festival Chairperson Debb McNary (406) 827-3227
Booth Chairperson Kathy Hill (406) 827-3301
Huckleberry Buyer Jo Carder (406) 827-3163
Run for Fun Tony Banovich (406) 826-6108
Dessert Contest Elizabeth Haagensen (406) 827-7117
Jam & Jelly Contest Elizabeth Haagensen (406) 827-7117
Pie Eating Contest Elizabeth Haagensen (406) 827-7117
Auction Sandy Green (406) 827-3036
Parade Deb Achatz (406) 827-3973
Miss Huckleberry and Mr Huck Finn Talent Show/Pageant Ashley Grounds (406) 273-8377
Food Booth Carol Hoaglund (406) 544-1670
Media Contact Sandra Gubel (406) 827-4091
Huckleberry Festival PO Box 1447, Trout Creek, MT 59874 E-Mail address

With Support From:

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Thompson Falls Montana First Security Bank
Kevin Hill Auctions
trout creek montana market
Whitefish Credit Union
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