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By Micah Drew
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Huckleberry Festival Celebrates Montana's "Purple Gold"

 

August 17, 2017

Micah Drew, Pathfinder

Bennett Youngbull eyes the winning cake from the Huckleberry Festival baking competition while eating his huckleberry cone. The Swan Lake festival celebrated the native fruit in a multitude of forms.

SWAN LAKE - Montana does not have a designated state fruit, but if it did, no one would question the nomination of the huckleberry. From border to border, in gift stores and truck stops, restaurants and ice cream shops, huckleberries can be found mixed into just about everything: milkshakes, lip balm, soap and jam.

This weekend played host to several festivals celebrating the small tart berries.

On the banks of Swan Lake, hundreds of people ignored the smoky air and showed up to the 36th annual Swan Lake Huckleberry Festival.

“It’s just a great gathering of camaraderie,” said Chambe...



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