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Celebrate the Montana State Flower at Museum

A bitter root flower. (Fullerton Photo
The Ravalli County Museum will have its 34th Annual Bitter Root Day Saturday, June 28, with extended hours.

The day starts with the Farmers Market at 9 a.m. and continues until 3 p.m.

The little pink flower is Montana’s state flower and was important to the Salish who dug the root of the plant every spring. The flower is native to the area and has been designated the Montana State Flower.

The spelling of Bitterroot (or Bitter root) has been debated for years. Both are acceptable here at KLYQ Radio. The little plant can be found in dry areas of the valley, but you have to look closely. They’re pretty small.

The celebration at the Ravalli County Museum, however, is large. There will be a beautifully crafted, outdoor walking exhibit of the history and culture of the Salish.

Of course, the Hamilton Farmer’s Market will start at 9 a.m. with arts, crafts, food and produce. Potted Bitter Root plants and seeds will be for sale.

The 3rd Annual Jerky Contest will be a feature (with entry deadline June 26), along with the 2nd Annual “Create a Difference” recycled craft competition. Contest forms are available at the museum or at the Ravalli County Museum website.

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