Chokecherry Festival will ‘Jam’ in Lewistown

Chokecherry Festival will ‘Jam’ in Lewistown

The day begins at 7 a.m. with the Kiwanis pancake breakfast to fuel up for the Chokecherry 1K, 5K and 10K walks and runs that begin at 9 a.m. Awards, medals and ribbons will be given for numerous placings and the event has categories for all ages and skill levels. A one-mile fun run will be held at 10 a.m.

Chokecherry Culinary Contest entries register in Chokecherry Lane. Judging of the items takes place at 9 a.m. Those interested in trying their hand at making a chokecherry treat should call the MSU/Fergus County Extension Office at 535-3919. Public sampling of the culinary entries starts around 10 a.m.

Close to 200 arts and crafts booths will open at 8 a.m. on Main Street. Wonderful aromas from Mexican, Thai and American food booths and fresh- popped kettle corn will fill the air. The variety of wares offered range from chainsaw wood carvings and log furniture to hand-blown glass and forged-iron art, ethnic foods and kettle corn to handmade soaps and fresh honey.

The famous (or infamous) chokecherry pit-spitting contest is held at 1 p.m. on Main Street. Other events include the crowning of the Chokecherry King and Queen, live music, live dance performances by Lewistown’s Dance Syndicate, a car show with antique automobiles, drag race cars and Central Montana Flywheelers tractors and steam engines, and more.

Chokecherry Festival is just part of a weekend full of activities, including the Art Walk Lewistown on Friday, Big Sky Tour Masters motorcycle rally and poker run from Friday to Sunday, and What the Hay and Utica Day on Sunday.

For more information about any of the events or to register to participate in Chokecherry Festival, call the Lewistown Area Chamber of Commerce at 535-5436 or visit their web at