Bitter Root Day – A Cultural Heritage Event

39th Annual Bitter Root Day

Saturday, June 8th 2019

From 9am – 1pm




What is Bitter Root Day?

Bitter Root Day is a festival centered around 1 small flower, & the friendship that brings 2 different cultures together.

In 1893, at the World’s Fair, in Chicago, people voted for the Bitter Root to become our State Flower. Out of 5, 857 ballots, the Bitter Root won with 3, 671 votes.  The Salish revere the flower as a gift from the Creator and its appearance in spring is honored through celebration and feasts.
(The Bitter Root Valley is the homeland of the Salish Tribe who currently reside on the Flathead Reservation in Western Montana.)

New Friendships:

Today we enjoy friendships with tribal members who join us every year for this celebration. At the heart of our connection is The People’s Center, the tribal museum in Polson, MT, who help coordinate this event.

The Celebration:

  • Traditional Salish Dancers & Drummers
  • People’s Center Museum Display & Raffle
  • Arts, Crafts, Food & Produce From Local & Out of Area Vendors
  • Our Two Signature Competitions: Jerky & Recycle Crafts
  • Bitter Root Plants for Sale
  • Free Children’s Activities


Vendor applications, recycle craft forms and jerky contest forms will be available in March, 2019

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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.