Celebrate Everything Huckleberry This Sunday at Schweitzer Mountain Resort

Sandpoint, ID – Schweitzer’s 5th annual Huckleberry Festival takes place August 7, 2011. From 8am -4pm tongues will be dyed purple and finger tips stained violet as festival goers devour huckleberry pancakes and embark on huckleberry hikes. Sunday’s festival will also debut the grand opening of the new sluice box named Cranky Jennings Mining Company.

This day-long event kicks off at 8am with a delicious huckleberry pancake breakfast. Plenty more activities will be available including; arts and crafts, vendors with huckleberry treats, live music by the Huckleberry Jam Band, Jimbo the Clown, a pie eating contest and t-shirt tie dying.

“As a new mom I’m excited to see the festival through my son’s eyes. This is my family’s favorite festival thanks to the tasty treats and the wide variety of kid activities,” said Dani Demmons, Schweitzer’s Activities Manager. “We’re really excited about the new sluice box too. The kids are going to love it”.

Schweitzer’s latest summer addition, The Cranky Jennings Mining Co. Sluice Box gives children the chance to discover the excitement of geology as they mine for gems. The sluice box channels a stream of water, allowing guests to sift through sand to find treasures. Mining materials, with guaranteed gems, are available in The Source for purchase.

As always, Schweitzer will have the lift spinning from 11am – 5pm for scenic chairlift rides, and access to downhill biking, hiking and disc golf. Bike rentals are available in the Source, reservations are recommended.

Huckleberries are currently ready to pick at approximately 3200’ and continuing to rise. Schweitzer will run shuttles to designated locations from 9am – 2pm.

To learn more about The Huckleberry Festival visit www.schweitzer.com or call the activity center at 208.255.3081.