Bitter Root Day – A Cultural Heritage Event

40th Annual Bitter Root Day

Saturday, June 13, 2020 

From 9am – 1pm

Ravalli Bitter Root Day

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

This event is sponsored by:

  • Trail West Bank
  • Big League Builders
  • The People’s Center
  • Habitat for Humanity of Ravalli County
  • O’Hara Commons & Sustainability Center
  • Ravalli County Recycling
  • Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply
  • Evan’s Ace Hardware
  • Hamilton’s Marketplace

Interested in becoming a vendor?

Download a Bitter Root Day Vendor Application Form


Click here to apply and pay Bitter Root Day Vendor Fees online.

Join our Competitions!

Download competition forms below:

Jerky form, 2019

and/or the

Recycle craft form, 2019 

Jerky Competition prizes include:

  • Food dehydrator from Evan’s Ace Hardware
  • 2 Yeti cups from Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply (Hamilton Location)
  • A collection of jerky spices from Hamilton’s Marketplace

Jerky sponsor is Big League Builders

Recycle Craft Prizes include:

  • Handmade gift basket with a t-shirt, 2 hours of truck share time & a gift certificate from O’Hara Commons & Sustainability Center
  • Gift Certificate from Habitat for Humanity of Ravalli County for $50


Vendor Policy and Contacts:

Click to Download the Commercial Vendor Policy (PDF) or View Online Here

Email to Volunteer for This Event 

Email to Sponsor This Event

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