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Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana 2016 AG-Days In Polson
Group after group of kids attended the 2016 AG-DAYS seminar and learned things they never knew about all the effort and hard work cherry growers and migrant workers go through in order to grow those Montana Flathead Cherries and get them to market. They even got to sample Sweet Cherry juice. They liked it !!!
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana 2016 AG-Days In Polson
Dick Beighle instructed groups of children attending the event as to the hard work that goes into growing Montana's Flathead Cherries. Dick used live commentary and video developed by the Flathead Lake Cherry Growers, Inc. to help them best understand.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana 2016 AG-Days In Polson
During this year's AG-DAYS, The Flathead Lake Cherry Growers, Inc. provided a display to inform the public all that goes into growing those famous Montana Flathead Cherries. Dick Beighle, FLCG Director, provided the live commentary and also used FLCG's cherry video.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Polson Cherry Festival
Every year about mid-to-late July the city of Polson, Montana ropes off main street and vendors set up to celebrate the beginning of the harvest of Montana's famous Flathead Lake Cherries. This year's festival included a Cherry Art Contest for Polson High School and Middle School art students. All their efforts and the winning entries can be seen in the "Cherry Art Winners" section of this Photo Gallery---have a look--there were 86 students that participated!!
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Polson Cherry Festival
The Flathead Lake Cherry Growers, Montana's oldest Ag Cooperative, sets up a display and offers "all things cherry" from "cherry themed T-shirts" to "cherry decorated hand bags" and everything in-between.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Polson Cherry Festival
The Festival named the street "CHERRY LANE" where orchard owners could pull in and sell their cherries off the back of their car or truck . It was kind of like a Farmers's Market with nothing but cherries.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Polson Cherry Festival
Different orchards specilize in different varieties, so the public gets a chance to taste and buy many different kinds of cherries.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Polson Cherry Festival
Selling cherries from the back of a truck or car added to the excitement of this year's Cherry Festival.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Polson Cherry Festival
The entire orchard owner's family, including the grandchildren, have fun showing off their cherries and marketing them directly off their vehicles to the public. Some really set up a big fancy display.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Polson Cherry Festival
Another popular event with the kids was the Cherry Pit Spitting Contest. This is the only time of year that it is legal to spit on the streets in Polson. By-standers better stand back if they don't want to get spit on!!
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Polson Cherry Festival
Many fun events took place during the Festival including cherry stem tieing. Here one of the entrants displays his stem tieing ability.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana 2012 Polson Cherry Festival
86 Students from the Polson High School and Middle School entered their cherry art creations in the Cherry Art Contest. Here one of the winners receives their award from Ken Avison, owner, of The Cove Deli in Polson.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Seniors Tour Cherry Orchard
Four (4) buses and over 160 members of the La Hacienda Reunion Group from Apache Junction, Arizona, chose Montana as their destination for this year's trip. They wanted to visit a Montana Cherry Orchard, so The Flathead Lake Cherry Growers Co-op provided them that experience. All members of the group were given some Flathead Lake Cherries upon their departure.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Seniors Tour Cherry Orchard
After unloading from the buses, the group was given a little history of Montana's famous Flathead Cherries and how cherries are grown, harvested and marketed to all parts of the United States as well as to foreign countries.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Seniors Tour Cherry Orchard
Everyone cues up and plays follow the leader down a row of cherry trees as they duck under and around branches of almost ripe Flathead cherries.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Seniors Tour Cherry Orchard
The group hiked through a more mature orchard taking pictures on the way to the next stop on the tour.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Seniors Tour Cherry Orchard
The tour included looking at a new, recently planted, high-density orchard where the trees are planted just 7 feet apart.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana SeniorsTour Cherry Orchard
Two of the members of the La Hacienda "Reunion" group are tempted to pick some cherries from one of the trees. But, instead they just pointed!
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Polson Student Art Contest
Ken and Peggy Edgington start removing the artworks from the boxes that Polson School Art Directors, Matt Holmes and Marvin Todd provided that contained all 86 Polson High School and Middle School students art entries. There was a mixture of art mediums from Oils, Pastels, Colored Pencils, Lead Pencils, Colored Markers, Watercolors, Ceramics, to Wood Art.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Polson Student Art Contest
Bernice and Dick Beighle start assembling some of the student art entries on drywall panels on the floor. After all panels have been assembled each piece will be pinned in place and the panel will be hoisted into one of the large windows of the store front for public viewing.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Polson Student Art Contest
Bernice Beighle and Sharon Myers Start laying out some of the High School art entries on a panel before each piece is pinned in place.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Polson Student Art Contest
All members of the team responsible for assembling the art display take a moment to discuss how best to proceed.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Polson Student Art Contest
Ken Edgington tries to find a place to display the pictures of some of the students working on their entries during art class.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Polson Student Art Contest
Peggy and Ken Edgington, along with Dick and Bernice Beighle, square up some pictures on one of the art display panels prior to pinning each piece in place.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Polson Student Art Contest
Dick and Bernice Beighle make an adjustment to a picture so it will display properly and hang level.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Polson Student Art Contest
All art display panels were assembled on the floor first and then each piece of art was pinned in place. Each Panel was then hoisted into its designated window for public viewing.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Polson Student Art Contest
Raising of the 1st of 5 panels displaying all 86 art entries submitted by the Polson High School and Middle School Art Students.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Polson Student Art Contest
Contest judges, Dick Beighle and Joanna Smith (left) are joined on the (right) by Jackie Cripe, Polson Business Community member and Ken Edgington, Board of Director Member, of the Flathead Lake Cherry Growers, Inc.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Polson Student Art Contest
Polson Mayor, Pat DeVries, signs all 86 student certificates of those submitting entries in the Cherry Art Contest.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Polson Student Art Contest
All Art Panels Are Positioned in the windows at 209 Main Street in downtown Polson for public viewing during the Polson Main Street Flathead Cherry Festival. The art display will remain throughout the complete month of July.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Polson Cherry Festival
It's always fun to stroll down Vendor's Row and see all the exciting things available during the Cherry Festival
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Polson Cherry Festival
Shari Myers talks with a prospective customer during the Festival.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Polson Cherry Festival
Yvonne Rehard and Marie Mitchell sell Cherry Pies provided by the Yellow Bay Women's Auxillary. The Pies are always a hit and sell out early.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Polson Cherry Festival
Summer Bonner helps staff the Flathead Lake Cherry Growers Booth at this year's festival.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Polson Cherry Festival
Yellow Bay Women's Auxillary sets a new record !! 150 cherry pies were baked, packaged and sold at this year's Polson Cherry Festival.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Polson Cherry Festival
Four of the many women responsible for baking, packaging and selling the 150 cherry pies are (standing--left to right) Mary Patterson, Yvonne Rehard, and Marie Mitchell. Seated is Kathleen Sissney.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Polson Cherry Festival
Records were made to be BROKEN !!! Sharon Myers and Julie Bonner set a record by selling 1000 lbs of Flathead Lake Cherries during this year's festival. That sets the bar pretty high for next year !
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Polson Cherry Festival
Tom Lawence helped sort and package the 1000 pounds of Flathead Lake Sweet Cherries from the Bonner and Myers orchards that were sold out of the Flathead Lake Cherry Grower's display.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Polson Cherry Festival
Unique cherry related items were available for sale in this year's Flathead Lake Cherry Grower's booth. Brooke Bonner (pictured) and Genovieve Gibson made cherry soap, cherry syrup and painted cherries on glass dispensers. FLCG T-shirts were also available for purchase.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Polson Cherry Festival
Yvonne Rehard and Nancy Gibson sold cherry pies for the Yellow Bay Community Club at this year's Festival.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Polson Cherry Festival
Sharon Myers, one of FLCG's directors, helped out at the Flathhead Lake Cherry Grower's booth during this year's Festival.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Polson Cherry Festival
Brooke Bonner (left) and Genovieve Gibson (right) made scented soaps in cherry shapes to sell at this year's Cherry Festival which was held July 19th through the 20th.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Yellow Bay Cherry Fest
Mike McCoy (left) and Jackie McCoy (right) took advantage of the beautiful weather to set up their outdoor display of organically grown products.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Yellow Bay Cherry Fest
A beautiful sunny day allowed many of the Exhibitors to set up their displays outside the clubhouse and take advantage of the beautiful spring weather.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Yellow Bay Cherry Fest
Karen Teich (center) shows Jackie McCoy (left) and Marie Mitchell (right) her handiwork. Cherry Fest is a great time for the public to meet and talk with local artists and crafters.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Yellow Bay Cherry Fest
Available for sale at this year's Cherry Fest was an array of items, including metalwork, woodwork, jewelry, leather, clothing, home decor, and cherry products.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Yellow Bay Cherry Fest
The Yellow Bay Community Center's auditorium was filled with local artists and crafters making their creations available to the public.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Yellow Bay Cherry Fest
The Yellow Bay Women's Auxillary were kept busy in the Community Club's kitchen serving a roast beef lunch. Pictured left to right are: Sharon Myers, Jean Kerr, Kathy Robertson, Pat Saville and Clarice Bush.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana Yellow Bay Cherry Fest
Virginia Hankins (left) and Carolyn Johnson (right) offer up some tasty treats during this year's Cherry Fest.
   
Flathead Cherry Growers, Flathead Lake Montana 2008 FLCG Spring Meeting
One of the best FLCG meetings ever! Cherry growers filled the Yellow Bay Clubhouse to capacity. This year's speakers, combined with FLCG's 2008 promotional plans, had something for everyone--both large and small grower.
   

 

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