Lewistown Chokecherry Festival
Saturday, September 12th, 2020
The first Saturday after Labor Day, central Montana ushers in the return of fall with the annual Chokecherry Festival, held in Lewistown, the geographical center of the state. When the then Governor Stan Stephens came to Lewistown to witness the Festival in 1991, he enjoyed it so much he declared Lewistown the Chokecherry Capitol of Montana.
The Chokecherry, a small, maroon-colored fruit with a puckery taste grows wild in Montana. The plants begin to bloom in June and the fruit ripens in August. The reddish fruits are used in making syrups, jams, jellies, wines and many other culinary treats.
The Chokecherry Festival celebrates its 31st anniversary this year and is scheduled for Saturday, September 12th, 2020. The festival is attended by more than 5,000 people from far and near, enjoying the event and soaking up the beautiful scenery of central Montana. It's a time of wholesome fun for everyone from tiny tykes to Grandpas.
The day begins with the Kiwanis Club serving an outdoor pancake breakfast (tentative) on Main Street and Second Avenue, complete with pancakes, bacon, sausage and of course, chokecherry syrup!
Complete with children's activities and live entertainment, the day is packed with opportunities for food and fun! Main street is literally lined with arts & crafts booths and food vendors offering a variety of gifts, baked goods, fresh garden fare, raffles and much more.
We hope you join us - take a walk down our historic Main Street and experience the hospitality of the area. Don't leave until you've tried all of the food, enjoyed the entertainment, bought all you can carry and competed in the pit spitting contest. Bring a friend and enjoy central Montana at its finest.
Chamber cancels Chokecherry Run
The 31st annual Chokecherry Festival will go on, but it will be without a Chokecherry Run this year. In light of the coronavirus, the Lewistown Area Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber board made the difficult decision to cancel the run. After much discussion the 10K run was first to get scrapped, as concerns mounted regarding transporting runners. The 5k and one-mile fun run were also cancelled as a result of rising concerns with the coronavirus.
Chamber staff apologizes for the inconvenience and will issue refunds to those who are already signed up.
For more information, or to collect your refund, call the Chamber at (406) 535-5436.