In Stevensville, a creamery burned down in 1911. The town helped rebuild the facility and the owner threw a big community picnic to thank the public. That picnic has been a yearly tradition with it's 108th celebration this weekend, August 6 and 7. A family-oriented weekend, with a kid's parade Friday and a Grand Parade Saturday, the Stevensville Creamery Picnic will be basically in two places - on Main Street and at Lewis & Clark Park. The theme this year is "Stevensville's Making a Splash!"

Friday afternoon, the arts, crafts and food booths open at Lewis & Clark Park, along with music and kids bounce houses. For the adults, there's a Brew Fest (with wine, too) and an evening concert by Tightline. Meanwhile, on Main there will be First Friday specials at downtown businesses and a Kids Parade at 6:30 p.m.(line-up at 6 p.m.) with the route from Ravalli and Main to Lewis and Clark Park, where there will be free ice cream for the kids - just like they did in 1911.

Saturday, in downtown Stevi, a pancake breakfast at the Masonic Hall starts things off at 7 a.m. and the weekly Farmers Market at 9 a.m. Check-in for entries in the Grand Parade is at 9:30 a.m. The parade will start at 11 a.m. Also, downtown will be horse-drawn carriage rides at Cenex and at 2 p.m. the All Valley Firefighter Games. Music at 4:30 p.m. will be by Joan Zen, followed by ShoDown at 8 p.m.

Saturday, out at Lewis & Clark Park, the arts and crafts booth open at 10 a.m. with the Brew Fest opening at noon. Kids will have free pony rides and ice cream, open swimming at the Stevensville pool and don't forget the bounce houses. Music will be by the Bitterroot Community Band at 1 p.m. followed by the BoogieRooters and the Timber Rattlers. There's also a team event Greased Pig Contest at 6 p.m. Enter your team today at 406 360-3649. And there's even more that you'll find during the day. For instance, the St Mary's Mission, next to the park, will also be open for tours on Saturday afternoon. Check out more information at the Creamery Picnic website.

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