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Thursday, October 8, 2009

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. An Apple Day a year keeps the Ravalli County Museum operating. It’s amazing what an apple can do. This Saturday, the museum will once again host MacIntosh Apple Days in downtown Hamilton. The event is held annually as a fund-raiser for the museum to help cover operating expenses.

Volunteers around the valley come together to peel, slice, bake and cook apples in various ways to create pies, apple butter, apple cider and other apple products which are available for purchase during the event. There will be plenty of other items available for purchase as well from a variety of vendors.

Anyone planning to buy a pie or apple butter would be wise to get an early start at MacIntosh Apple Days. The pies and apple butter have a tendency to sell out quickly and once they’re gone, it’ll be another year before they’re available again. In years past, volunteers have prepared and baked around 700 apple pies for the event and that still wasn’t enough. With many volunteers being older, the effort expended can be exhausting.

In addition to all the apple related goodies, there will also be music by Russ Nassett and the Revelators, free carriage rides, an expanded Farmers Market and kid’s activities. This makes MacIntosh Apple Days a family friendly event and fun for all ages.

The money raised goes directly to keeping the museum running. The county government supports the physical building but any operating costs have to be covered by the Bitter Root Valley Historical Society, which is a nonprofit group. Apple Days, which has raised up to $20,000 in the past covers a large portion of their annual budget.

They say that those that forget history are doomed to repeat it. The Bitter Root Valley Historical Society does their best to catalog and maintain historical artifacts from the Bitterroot Valley. Their work helps ensure future generations will be able to learn from those that came before them.

So get out this weekend and sample the apple-flavored treats. Pick up a pie and some apple butter. Have a cup of cider. Celebrate MacIntosh Apple Days with others in the community and help support the museum and the fantastic work it does in preserving our history.

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