More than 30 years ago, the Huckleberry Festival was started in the little town of Trout Creek in northwestern Montana by a group of artists who sought a spot to sell their creations. Vendors of freshly-picked huckleberries liked the opportunity to sell their wares, too.
The Huckleberry Festival, put on by volunteers from our community, has grown through the years. People flock to taste and purchase the berries, sold on the Park grounds at the Green Building, to benefit the festival. Food vendors feature the tasty “purple gold” in huckleberry ice cream cones, on cheesecake, in drinks, and as a variety of desserts.
The Trout Creek Rural Volunteer Fire Department offers its Saturday and Sunday morning huckleberry pancake breakfasts, and both children and adults bake the tastiest recipes they know for the honor of competing in the Huckleberry Dessert Contest on Sunday.
In addition, more than 120 Arts and Crafts vendors display and sell their wares at the Trout Creek Park. Scheduled events include entertainment on stage throughout the weekend, the Huckleberry Festival Parade, 5K Run For Fun, Huckleberry Hounds Dog Agility Performances, Huckleberry Homesteader Pentathlon, Little Miss Huckleberry and Huck Finn Talent Contest, Festival Auction, Horseshoe Tournament, and an interfaith worship service on Sunday morning.
Trout Creek was proclaimed “Huckleberry Capitol of Montana” by the state’s legislature in 1981.
The Huckleberry Festival has become a place where the community gathers, families reunite, and those who discover its charms come back year after year.
The festival takes place each year in August during the weekend which starts with the second full weekend of Friday – Sunday. People from near and far gather for a great time.