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18th annual Raspberry Festival this weekend

Clowning around at Raspberry Fest (photo Cottonwood Chronicle) Cottonwood, ID -- The 18th Annual Raspberry Festival will be held Sunday, August 1, at the Monastery of St. Gertrude (465 Keuterville Road). 

A benefit for the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude, this family-oriented event features activities for the whole family, including a fun run and walk, car show, arts and crafts fair, kids carnival, quilt show, live entertainment, cultural demonstrations and raspberry products. The day’s activities kick off with the 10K Fun Run (6.2 miles) or 5K walk (3.1 miles) at 8 am. The course begins at the Museum and takes runners and walkers over a pleasant, paved road to Keuterville and back.

The quiet country road offers views of the Seven Devils mountains, the Gospel-Hump Wilderness Area, the Salmon River breaks and the Camas Prairie, making it one of the most scenic runs/walks in Idaho.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. and includes a t-shirt and post-race refreshments. Register online at www.signmeup.com/69524. A hearty Pancake Breakfast will be served outside the Museum, 8-10 am, featuring pancakes, bacon and scrambled eggs. Festival attendees can shop the arts and crafts fair, where more than 40 vendors have handicrafts and other homemade items on display.

Check out the classic Show ‘n’ Shine car show in the parking lot, the quilt show in Spirit Center and kids carnival on the shady lawn.

New this year, the Raspberry Rendezvous will feature muzzle loading, historical costumes and cultural demonstrations.

The centerpiece of the festival is lunch, with BBQ beef sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs and Raspberry Shortcake served in the high school gym next door. Eat in the gym with your friends and enjoy live entertainment, or take your lunch outside to sit in the grass and people watch.

The 18th Annual Raspberry Festival is dedicated to Sr. Wilma Schlangen (1915-2010). Sr. Wilma tended the St. Gertrude’s raspberry patch for decades and provided inspiration for the festival.


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