Saturday, October 3, the Ravalli County Museum will celebrate McIntosh Apple Day, with apples, apple pies and cider available, as they have been for the 41 years the celebration has been held. The day commemorates the historic period in the Bitterroot Valley called the Apple Boom, where speculation about the plans for apple orchards brought many people to the valley. Every boom is usually followed by a bust, yet remains of McIntosh apple orchards still dot the valley, along with a couple of commercial enterprises. The event, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is mostly outside on the museum lawn, with fundraising activities and raffles to support the museum. And the weekly Saturday Farmers Market is always part of the day. You can also examine the new Glacial Lake Missoula Ice Age exhibit on the west lawn.

An important note - there will be fewer pies available for sale this year, so get there early. By the way, volunteers are still needed to help put those pies together Thursday, October 1, at the museum. The work starts about 8:30 a.m. If you'd like to help, drop an e-mail to

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