Celebrating the huckleberry

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Screen Shot 2017-07-26 at 11.49.18 AMNORTH POWDER — A tiny purple berry gets a big celebration Saturday during the 11th annual Huckleberry Festival. This year’s theme is “A Huckleberry Eclipse.”

The day begins early with a community all-school reunion from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the school. The meal cost is by donation, which will support the school’s boys athletic programs.

For those who want to get some exercise in — either before or after the breakfast — the Huckleberry fun run/walk/duathlon starts at 8 a.m., with same-day registration beginning at 7 a.m. Walk/run distances are 1 mile, 5K and 10K.

The entry cost is $10 for kids 12 and younger for all distances, and $20 for adults. In the duathlon — first you ride a bike, then you run — the cost is $45 for adults or $20 for ages 12 and younger. Proceeds from these events support the Parent-Teacher-Community Organization at North Powder School.

At 10 a.m., the Huckleberry car show begins, and the vendors (both craft and food) will open. The Frontier Saloon beer garden opens at noon. Also, the Wolf Creek Grange starts serving food at 10 a.m. and continues throughout the day.

The parade gets going at 11 a.m. (line up is at 10:30 a.m.)

Sheila Orr, who helps organize the festival, said there will be live music throughout the day, and kids games start at noon at the park.

And about those tasty tiny huckleberries? Local cooks and bakers are encouraged to enter their best dessert in the annual contest. Entries can be submitted at noon, are judged at 2 p.m., and then auctioned off at 5:30 p.m.

There’s really only one requirement for the dessert contest: “It has to have huckleberries in it,” Orr said.

From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the fire department will serve up a barbecue dinner. Colby Thompson said the cost is by donations, which will be used to establish a scholarship fund for a local high school graduate.

The day of celebration caps off with a street dance from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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