Bitter Root Day – A Cultural Heritage Event

37th Annual Bitter Root Day

Saturday, June 10th 2017

From 9am -2pm




What is Bitter Root Day?

Ravalli County Museum’s Bitter Root Day event is a cultural heritage celebration of both the Salish (the original inhabitants of the Bitter Root Valley) and the community that currently resides here. It is centered around two stories – one sacred, one historical, and both are an important part of who we are and how we pass that legacy on to future generations.

Special thanks to The People’s Center Museum, in Pablo Montana, who coordinate efforts with us to bring in traditional Salish dancers, drummers, and artists to celebrate with us and share the beautiful culture of the Salish People.   The People’s Center also provides a wonderful display centered on Salish culture and a raffle.  This year’s raffle will be for a drum! Tickets will be $1 each or 6 for $5.  Tickets are “payment due” and checks need to be payable to The People’s Center Gift Shop.
Download raffle tickets here:  Bitter Root Day Raffle Tickets, 2017

Bitter Root Day History in Montana

In 1895, by a vote of the public, the Bitter Root became the official state flower of Montana. The same flower, many years ago, saved the lives of the Salish People who were starving. The roots became a staple food that was revered as a gift from the Creator and harvested annually. It is fitting that the only valley in Montana to be named for a flower that connects us, hold a festival of the same name.


Festival Event Activities during Bitter Root Day

This festival includes two competitions, arts, crafts, food & produce from local and out of area vendors, potted Bitter Root plants and seeds for sale, plus live music.

Interested in becoming a vendor? Vendor forms are available below.


Jerky Contest & Recycled Craft Competitions

Compete in our 6th Annual Jerky contest and show off your Jerky making abilities, sponsored by Big League Builders Inc. Join us for our 5th Annual “Create a Difference” Recycled Craft Competition & Exhibit! Show off your ability to create something new and beautiful out of something that might normally end up in the land fill!  Recycled Craft and Jerky forms available below.

Bitterroot Day Vendor application, 2017

Commercial vendor policy

Recycle Competition form, 2017

Jerky Competition form,  2017

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The mission of the Ravalli County Museum & Historical Society is to acquire, preserve, protect and interpret the historical and cultural heritage of the Bitter Root Valley and its people.