Weippe Camas Festival, Memorial Day Weekend, Weippe (One hour away)
The weekend starts on Friday evening with a Dutch oven cookoff. Saturday begins with breakfast in the local log Community Hall, followed by a fun run/walk around the Weippe prairie to see camas in bloom. Music, arts & crafts, historical and cultural displays, a play by the local theatre group, speakers on Lewis & Clark on the Weippe Prairie, edible native plant display, creative children's activities, tipi raising and storytelling. Barbeque and contra dancing in the evening. Learn about traditional crafts such as blacksmithing, broom making, weaving, spinning, flint knapping, woodworking, fly-tying and more.
Web Address: www.pierce-weippechamber.com/camas.html
Grangeville Border Days Rodeo, July 2 - July 4, Grangeville (45 min. southwest)
Three days of street fairs, parades and a rodeo on the Camas Prairie. This is Idaho's oldest rodeo and culminates in a 4th of July celebration.
Web Address: www.grangevilleborderdays.org
Elk City Wagon Road Days, 3rd week of July, Elk City (Two + hours southeast)
When gold was discovered in the Elk City area in 1861, miners turned a Nez Perce trail into the Elk City Wagon Road to transport supplies. Celebrate these historic roads with a parade, an oral history presentation, variety shows, pie sale, grange breakfast, children's horseshoe-throwing contest, cowboy poetry, arts & crafts, a BBQ and more. Or, tour the road yourself. The self-guided 4-6 hour, 53-mile adventure tour of the Elk City Wagon Road begins in Harpster and continues to Elk City with a 1.5 hour, 50-mile return trip to Harpster via Hwy. 14.
Web Address: www.elkcityidaho.com
Raspberry Festival, Early August, Cottonwood (One hour southwest)
The Annual Raspberry Festival is a benefit for the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude in Cottonwood. This country festival features homemade Raspberry shortcake and BBQ Beef sandwiches, live entertainment, cultural and craft demonstrations, juried quilt show, raffle, 10K fun run/walk and car show.
Web Address: www.historicalmuseumatstgertrude.com
Pierce 1860 Days Celebration, Early August, Pierce (1.5 hours northwest)
The entire town of Pierce commemorates the founding of their town and the state of Idaho with a weekend full of activities. Events planned for this year include a BBQ & ice cream social in the park with live music by The Amateurs, dancing Friday and Saturday with Grahams Band, an ATV fun run, a muzzleloader shoot, a co-ed softball tournament, an arts & crafts fair, a bake sale & flea market, History of Pierce display, a parade, fun for children including a clown, face painting and a tug-of-war. Other activities include Jail-to-Bail, free health screenings, library book sale and the Spanish Club duck race. The Bradbury Logging Museum will be open.
Web Address: www.pierce-weippechamber.com/1860days.html
Kamiah Free Barbeque, Labor Day Weekend, Kamiah (30 minutes west)
This community festival has been held since the late 1930's and features a free barbeque on Saturday of Labor Day Weekend. Spaghetti feed Friday evening, cowboy breakfast Saturday morning. All school reunion, parade, memorial run, 4-wheel race, show and shine, vendor booths, entertainment, dancing, food booths Quilt show (Sat. & Sun) and other events.
Web Address: www.kamiahchamber.com
Lumberjack Days, 2nd Weekend of September, Orofino (One hour west)
An international event that attracts loggers from all over the world to engage in competitions that include burling, axe throwing, tree race, two-person hand saw and power saw races. Also enjoy a horse pulling contest, the Lumberjack Days Dance at the VFW Building, the annual ice cream social at the Clearwater Historical Museum and the free logging show.
Web Address: www.orofino.com