2013 Buttermilk Festival
Where can you go to see Babe, North America’s largest steer, eat unique desserts such as udders and cow chips, and have your picture taken with Marilyn “Moo”roe all while having fun until the cows come home? Why the 5th annual Buttermilk Festival of course.
The Kamiah Kiwanis Club and Clearwater Progress invite you to spend Saturday, May 4 at Kamiah’s Riverfront Park and enjoy a day full of fun for the whole family.
Start the day off right with the buttermilk pancake breakfast sponsored by the Glenwood Caribel Volunteer Fire Department. You’ll enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes, ham and scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy and a drink from 7-11 a.m. The Festival’s signature event, old-fashioned butter making with a modern day twist, begins at 10 a.m. To ease congestion lines at the butter processing tables, cream will be distributed at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. Once you’ve finished making your butter, you’ll have the opportunity to taste it on some fresh Dutch oven bread courtesy of the North Central Idaho Cookin’ Irons.
Returning this year will be the Buttermilk Bowl bowling tournament. This 9-pin no-tap tourney is open to all skill levels with cash prizes to the top finishers. Pins will start falling at 9 a.m. at Tamarack Lanes. For more information or to receive an entry form, contact Sandie Daeges at 926-4225 or visit the website listed below.
New this year will be several raffles. “Cows and Milk Cans,” a unique lap quilt, was created specifically for the Festival by cancer survivors Sandie Daeges and Arlene Thomas. Three generously filled theme baskets, “Cows in the Kitchen,” “Dutch Oven Cooking,” and “Ice Cream Delights” will be raffled off as well. Each basket includes a signature item correlating to its theme including a Hamilton Beach bread machine, 4 quart Dutch oven, and a 4-quart ice cream maker, respectively. Tickets will be available at the Festival, or can be purchased in advance at The Clearwater Progress office on Main Street in Kamiah.
The horse plop 50/50 raffle returns again this year. Pick the right square and you can win a saddlebag full of cash. Tickets are available at The Hub in Kamiah.
Live music will begin at 11 a.m. with performances by Jim Aasen, Wendy Lindsley’s Garage Band, Amy Sedgwick, Megan Sedgwick and headline musician Joshua Crosby.
Try your hand at kick-free cow milking courtesy of the University of Idaho Dairy Club, and kids will enjoy having their picture taken with Babe, North America’s largest steer. Kids are also invited to take a swing at the piñatas at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Come meet Moo, the Festival’s new mascot, and enjoy seeing the Parade of Cows, a herd of decorated bovine spread throughout the park.
Be sure to taste some of the “udderly delicious” desserts that will be available, generously donated by China Café, Cloninger’s Harvest Foods, Ronatta’s Cakery, and the Kiwanis buttermilk bakers. Unique desserts will include cow chips, udders, cow eyes, cow cakes and cow pies, to name a few.
More than 45 vendors have signed up for the day so there is plenty to see and do. The Festival also coincides with the annual community wide yard sales in Kamiah.
Proceeds from the Buttermilk Festival go toward the Kiwanis Children’s Cancer Program.
This year’s sponsors include Kamiah Community Credit Union, Central Idaho Agency, Clearwater Builders Supply, Northwest Feeds, Perfection Tire, Jacobs Lumber, Davis Communications, Kamiah High School Key Club, Kamiah Chamber of Commerce, and Ida-Stone Memorials.
Donations were generously provided by Ronatta’s Cakery, Amber Massey and Cloninger’s Harvest Foods, Ronda Sams and her KES students, Amy Sams and her KES students, Adrian Wilkins and her kids, Mrs. Bovey and her KES students, Sandie Daeges, Arlene Thomas, Billie Mahorney, Mary Bruder, Shirley Brewer, Dale Schneider, Jennifer Konrad, Joan Dait, Lena Kuester, Sandy Helms, Barbara Wood, Tonie West, Ben and Gina Jorgensen, LaWana Briggs, North Central Idaho Cookin’ Irons, Sunnie Renshaw, University of Idaho Dairy Club, Idaho Dairy Association, King’s Thrones, Kamiah Parks and Recreation, Empire Lumber, Dale Ruebush, Bill Womack and Little Bit, China Cafe, Tahoe Hillbillies, Lewis County Fair Queen and Court, Kamiah Kiwanis Club members, The Hub Bar & Grill, KORT radio, The Clearwater Progress, Kamiah Marshal’s Office, Kamiah City Hall and anyone else who may have been inadvertently missed.
Vendor space is still available by calling Bob West at 935-7612.
Visit The Clearwater Progress website at www.clearwaterprogress.com to learn more about Kamiah, Idaho and the Clearwater Valley.