Annual Bitter Root Day
Organization: Ravalli County Museum
Date: 6/15/2013 update info
Time: 9:00:00 AM - 12:30:00 PM
Event Cost: Free
Venue: Ravalli County Museum in Hamilton,MT
Contact: Tamar Stanley
Phone: (406) 363-3338
33rd Annual Bitter Root Day - Saturday, June 15, 2013
This Salish Culture themed festival includes arts, crafts, food & produce from local vendors as well as Live Music. Breathe in the fresh spring air, get yourself some Wild Game Stew and enjoy a day outdoors with your neighbors and friends. Join the Jerky contest and show off your Jerky making abilities. Come see the debut of the new Lewis & Clark Garden and learn something new at the outdoor exhibit. Bitter Root Day was started by Henry Grant in 1980 to help raise awareness and help preserve our beautiful state flower. The root of the flower was once used by the Salish Tribe as food and for trade. The roots were too bitter to eat raw so they were boiled then mixed with meat and berries to form a cake that was dried and stored.
During Bitter Root Day every year, seeds and potted Bitter Root plants are sold as a way of helping preserve this beautiful flower.