Christmas at the Fairgrounds

Christmas Fairgrounds

Do you know what is so difficult about the holidays? ….SHOPPING!  The mad rush to the stores, fighting to find the good deals and then only to come home with a bags full of generic stuff that every body else can purchase year round. Have you ever heard of the Christmas at the Fairgrounds?

The Christmas at the Fairgrounds will take place on November 25-27, 2022, at the Trade Center Building at Flathead County Fair Grounds in Kalispell. The Christmas at the Fairgrounds is a dream come true for those holiday shoppers who are looking for unique items that are hand-made. The gifts you choose can actually be the perfect gift. Plus, all of the vendors are local small businesses. There will be over 100 vendors to shop through and admission is free. And, don’t worry, there will also be lots of food trucks to keep you nourished and fueled while you shop. So, whether you want an Black Bear Double Exposure Metal Print or a Hand Sewn Cooking Apron with Adjustable Matching Hand Towels or maybe your are looking for jewelry, you will find it at the The Christmas at the Fairgrounds.

Christmas Fairgrounds

Christmas at the Fairgrounds Details

Visit the Flathead County Fairgrounds on November 25-27, 2022 to shop over 100 handmade vendors. Avoid those big box stores on Black Friday and SHOP LOCAL! Admission is free. Doors will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Friday and Saturday and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday. Hope to see you there! Learn more – HERE.

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2022 Whitefish Turkey Trot

2022 Whitefish Turkey Trot

Do you want to earn you turkey dinner and do a good deed?  The 2022 Whitefish Turkey Trot will take place on Thursday, November 24, 2022,  starting at 9am at 251 Flathead Avenue in Whitefish. Participants are invited to sign up early, but even if you cannot participate in the run, donations will be still be accepted in any form to the food bank.

2021 Whitefish Turkey Trot

This 2022 Whitefish Turkey Trot is organized to support the North Valley Food bank whose mission is to build food security and to strengthen communities. In preparation for Thanksgiving, perishable items are needed including Fresh and frozen turkeys, turkey breasts, stuffing, cranberry sauce, canned green beans, brown sugar, sugar, flour, holiday spices, salt and pepper, pie filling, boxed pie crust, gravy mix, dehydrated potatoes, canned yams, fresh potatoes, yams and butter. All participants are encouraged to make donations to the Food Bank.

2022 Whitefish Turkey Trot Details

The 2022 Whitefish Turkey Trot registration is $10.00 per runner and it will increase to $12 on October 31, 2022. If you are interested in signing up or event to learn more about volunteering – click HERE – for more information.

PLACE
251 Flathead Ave
Whitefish, MT US 59937
AGE DIVISIONS
0-13, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
COURSE MAP – CLICK HERE

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It’s Christmas Tree Time!

Montana Christmas Tree

It’s the most wonderful time of year, especially in Montana, when the first flurries of snow start to fall down from the sky. The weather is not too cold and definitely not too hot, but perfect for a hot cup of cocoa with marshmallows on top. Now that Thanksgiving has past, for many households it is time to put up the Christmas Tree. Pull out the Christmas Tree stand, find the tree skirt and all of the ornaments and of course purchase some more of the ornament hooks, where they go we’ll never know. So, in Montana, the real question is do you purchase a Christmas Tree or do you go and get your own?

Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree – Cutting Down Your Own

Before you head out to the parks and find the perfect Christmas Tree, you actually will need to get a permit. You can actually cut down up to three trees from Thursday, October 13, 2021 through Saturday, December 31, 2022, if you get a Flathead National Forest Christmas Tree Permit. You can get your permit online – HERE – but it will cost a service fee of $2.50, but if you go to any National Forest Office, you can get a permit without the service fee. In Kalispell, you can go to the Flathead National Forest Supervisor’s Office located at 650 Wolfpack Way, Kalispell, MT 59901. Click HERE to see all locations.

It is very important to make sure that you go to the right place to select your Christmas Tree. If you are unsure of the Forest boundary, maps showing ownership are available at Flathead National Forest offices – Click HERE. Do not cut on private land, in wilderness areas, designated campgrounds, or existing tree plantations.

Did you know that you can actually help the forest by cutting down your own Christmas Tree? “Christmas trees cut to thin overcrowded stands can be beneficial. As young stands of trees mature, they are constantly competing for more space. By cutting your Christmas tree from dense groups around the more vigorous trees, the remaining trees will grow faster to make our future forest,” according to the Forest Service.  Tree species that are prohibited from harvesting for Christmas trees: whitebark pine, white pine, western red cedar.

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Need to Know
Where to Cut Your Tree

  • Your permit allows you to cut Christmas trees on National Forest land in Montana and Northern Idaho.
  • Do not cut on private land, in wilderness areas, designated campgrounds, or posted timber sales.
  • Please cut your Christmas tree from an overcrowded stand of trees in meadows.
  • Do not cut trees within 100 feet of main roads, streams, or recreation sites.

Selecting Your Tree
Each forest has limitations on the size of the tree you can cut and the species of trees that are permitted. See below to help you measure and choose a tree that meets your permit’s guidelines.

  • Tree Height: 12 feet maximum.
  • Stump height: 6 inches maximum. Remove and scatter all limbs from the portion of the tree you leave behind.
  • No cutting of 5 needle pines. (i.e. 5 needles in one cluster)
  • Take the whole tree. Do not remove the top of the tree; cut down the entire tree.

If snow is on the ground, remove it from around the stump so you can accurately measure the stump and tree height.

Learn more – HERE.

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