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Thompson Falls has the warmest climate in the state, allowing visitors to enjoy outdoor activities year round. With Lolo National Forest to the west and Kootenai National Forest to the east, the community is cradled by the majestic Cabinet Mountain Range and the Coeur D’Alene Mountain Range. Our public lands with its thousand miles of trails and logging roads offer abundant opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling, hunting, snowshoeing, horseback riding, ATVing, alpine lake fishing and camping.

 

Web site: www.ThompsonFallsChamber.com

Major Events and Festivals

January

New Year's Day Run/Walk 5K and 2K

It’s time to launch into your New Year’s Resolution and hit the ground running

February

Annual Cabinet Ridge Riders Snowmobile Poker Run

Held the second Saturday of February (February 13, 2010). The poker run starts at the Wayside Bar & Grill. There is a warming hut with free hot dogs and chili dongs along the way. $1500 payout to highest poker hand! 406.827.9305, tfl9442@blackfoot.net

April

Spring Fundraiser Victorian Fashion Show & Traditional High Tea

Simply a lovely indulgence, you will be transported back to a time of elegance and fine manners at this Victorian High Tea which is followed by a “Dressing the Victorian Lady,” A Victorian Fashion Show and Historical Clothing Presentation. Guests are encouraged to wear their own vintage clothing or reproduction vintage clothing. After guests have enjoyed the refreshments, Professional Costume Designer, Gretchen Spiess, will “Bring History to Life” with trivia of the era, as each gown’s features are explained and placed into the correct period. She will lecture on the history of fashions from the 1860s to 1940s, and models will wear their own gowns, many of which have been made by Gretchen. Questions about the Victorian Era will be answered after the lecture.  

Held Saturday, April 10, 2010 at Thompson Falls Senior Center.

Annual Antler Sports & Gun Show

Boone & Crockett and Montana record book scorers will be on hand again to score antlers. People can buy and sell antlers, guns, ammo, traps, and new or used hunting and fishing supplies. Call John Harris at 406-827-4458 for info or to reserve a booth location.Held April 10, 2010.

Flatiron Guild Quilt Show: "Big Sky Attitude"

One of the largest juried quilt shows in northwest Montana, the three day event features over 200 entries, plus a merchant mall where you will discover the newest sewing machines, quilt supplies, fabrics and notions. Attendees can enter to win the raffled quilt and enjoy the tearoom with hot and cold beverages and homemade cookies. Held April 24 & 25. http://www.montanalinks.com/quiltshow/

June-September

Thompson Falls Market 2010

Every Saturday except the weekend of August 13-15.

the Thompson Falls Market is a celebration of locally grown and hand crafted products. Discover how delicious regionally grown produce is! Find jewelry, exceptional baked good, perfectly sweet jams and jellies, and more. Katrina Wright, 406-827-3559 or Manager@ThompsonFallsLodging.com

June

Rose & Perennial Garden Party

Held June 26, 2010, this Rose & Perennial Garden Party is a joint project of the Thompson Falls Historic Society and the Thompson Falls Garden Club. Entries are brought to the Old Jail Museum in the morning of the Rose and Perennial Garden Party. rosewest@blackfoot.net

July

David Thompson Days ~ A Community Rendezvous & 4th of July Celebration

Featuring a 4th of July Main Street parade, a living history camp at the Rose Garden that showcases the life and times of trapper and explorer David Thompson, vendors and community! The back yard of Lakeside Motel is the setting for the 4th of July Fireworks. Held July 3 & 4.

Rally Run and Show & Shine

Rally Run on Friday and the Show & Shine car show on Saturday - bring your cool car or come check them out at Ainsworth Field. July 16th & 17th. www.rodsnclassics.com

Pet Fest

Held July 24, 2010. Do you love your pet and pamper it with special treats, clothing or toys? Then the Pet Fest is for you! Sign up to be in the pet parade. Show off your pet in the pet costume contest. Do you and your pet share an uncanny resemblance, then sign up for this unique look a like contest. See the amazing tricks local dogs can do in the agility demonstration. Bring your kids down to the petting zoo or visit the vendors. www.ThompsonFallsMarket.com

August

Ride Idaho Bicycle Tour – Night in Thompson Falls

The community is invited to enjoy live music, beer garden, and meeting visitors from all over Idaho who are touring part of Montana on bicycles. Taking place the evening of August 11, 2010. www.RideIdaho.org

Huckleberry Festival

Held the second weekend in August. A free, family event, it includes live entertainment of many kinds, a huckleberry pancake breakfast, run/walk for fun, parade, carnival, children's games, arts and crafts booths, exhibits, huckleberry dessert contest, displays and a family dance under the stars. www.HuckleberryFestival.com

"The Big Blowup 1910 Fire Centennial" Celebration.

Friday, August 20, An evening in another era with period music, readings, style revue and "A Tribute to Lilly, the Last 1910 Fires Survivor." Guests are encouraged to come in period dress. Refreshments
and door prizes. Admission is Free.
Saturday, August 21, speakers, presentations, historic photo displays, a monster tree cookie, and "Back to the Future" Other highlights of the day include the Fiddling Foresters Concert, followed by a barbequed beef dinner with all the fixings!

September

Sanders County Fair & Rodeo

An old fashioned country fair featuring agricultural exhibits, PRCA-sanctioned rodeos and a Bull-A-Rama, arena cross motorcycle event, demolition derby, and of course carnival rides and more

www.sanderscountyfair.com

Annual Trout Creek Cool Summer Nights Car Show

Show off your cool car, truck or motorcycle and win door prizes, trophies and bragging rights. Winners announced at 3PM. There are door prizes and T-shirts and hats for sale.  Dance to the “oldies” at the Naughty Pine Saloon on Saturday night. Held September 10th &11th.

October

Charlie Brown’s Pumpkin Patch

Excitement and fun is to be had at the annual Halloween celebration where kids find tons of candy, activities, great costumes and prizes for special competitions. Enjoy such activities as apple on the stick, pop the balloon, hula-hooping, Simon says and musical chairs. Held October 23, 2010.

November

Christmas Lighting Extravaganza

The Sanders County Fairgrounds are bedecked with all types of Christmas lights, life-size figurines and a nativity scene.  Come join the festivities and get into the Christmas spirit when we turn on the lights November 27, 2010.  Free chilidogs and hot chocolate for those brave enough to face the evening’s chill, plus fireworks top off the evening. www.SandersCountyFair.com

December

Annual Gingerbread Contest & Holiday Open House

Come experience a "Merry Christmas at the Museum" in gingerbread. Everything on your creation must be edible and it must fit through the door. Winners of each category receive a $50 Savings Bond. Along with the Gingerbread contest display is an open house featuring refreshments. Held on December 4th & 8th, 2010..

Christmas on Main Street

Top off the holiday celebration with a chili dinner at Christmas Square, visit with Santa Claus and enjoy the Kissing Ball Auction. The Thompson Falls Chamber of Commerce presents a lighted holiday parade down main street starting at 6:30PM on December 8, 2010.

Attractions

The Old Jail Museum

Open from Mother’s Day through Labor Day. History buffs will appreciate the museum’s annual themed exhibits that celebrate the community’s past and the people who added character to the fabric of its history.

Thompson Falls Dam

The construction of Thompson Falls Dam in 1911 on the Clark Fork River created a wonderful reservoir. Crazy Woman Kayaks offers kayak rentals and instruction. Launch your boat, fish or swim off the dock at Goose Landing Park. The recent addition of a fish ladder allows visitors to witness the endangered Bull Trout as they make their difficult journey up-stream to spawn.

River's Bend Golf Course

River's Bend Golf Course offers a nine hole community course on the Clark Fork River.

 
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