Friday, 12 August 2016 08:00

Huckleberries almost ready to be consumed for annual festival

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The annual Huckleberry Festival is coming up at Castle Mountain Resort (CMR), and this year’s event will be a three-day affair.

“Normally it’s a one-day event, but we decided to make it a full weekend this year,” says Jason Crawford, sales and marketing manager for CMR.
The Huckleberry Festival takes place Aug. 19-21. Festivities kick off the Friday night at the T-Bar Pub at 9 p.m. with live music by Ross Neilsen. If the weather co-operates there will also be a campfire outside.
Saturday is when the majority of the activities take place at the ski area west of Pincher Creek.
Breakfast is available from 9-10:30 a.m. in the daylodge. Then from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. people can ride the chairlift to take in the scenery and get to the best huckleberry picking spots on the mountain.
A flea market will be set up from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as well as activities for children from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. including a bouncy castle, games and face painting.
A barbecue lunch is available from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and there is a pig roast buffet supper at 6 p.m.
A silent auction will be set up also on the Saturday, with proceeds benefiting the Castle Mountain Community Association.
Live music will be playing from noon to 8 p.m. as well at 9 p.m. when the Elk Run Riot take the stage. Again a campfire Saturday night closes out the day if the weather permits.
Sunday features breakfast in the T-Bar Pub from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“It’s look good,” says Crawford, about the huckleberry crop on the mountain.  “The guys were out the other day working and they ate huckleberries for their lunch.”
With another week still before the event, the berries should be ripe and ready for picking by Aug. 20.
While the ski resort is slower in the summer months, the facilities are still used for weddings, conferences and retreats. The Huckleberry Festival is the biggest event for CMR during the warmer season.
“We’re looking forward to seeing everybody,” says Crawford. “We hope for good weather. It should be a great time.”
While out at the resort, people can also take advantage of purchasing a CMR season ski pass for 2016-17. They are on sale now until Oct. 31. Those who choose to purchase a season pass early, will save themselves $150.

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Rose Sanchez

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