The community of Bigfork celebrates its 100th birthday Saturday with live music, a carnival and good things to eat.
The Bigfork Centennial Block Party will be held at the new Osborn Landing parking lot in downtown. The event opens at 5:30 p.m., with Gov. Judy Martz delivering a speech for the opening ceremony at 6 p.m.
Purchase of a Bigfork Centennial button is the ticket for entry to the party. Buttons are $8 for adults ($10 on the day of the event), $3 for children age 16 and under, and $3 for seniors age 65 and over. Buttons are available at Electric Avenue Books, Bigfork Drug and Budget Tapes and CDs.
"The whole block party is about celebrating our community and the great place we live," said Andrea Goff, executive director of the Bigfork Chamber of Commerce.
The block party will feature a children's carnival, covered wagon rides and music from the youth rock band Touch and Andre Floyd and Mood Iguana.
Local resident Larry Yochim will present a 20-minute talk on the history of Bigfork.
Bring your own seating. The event will take place rain or shine and will end at 10 p.m.
Earlier on Saturday, the celebration will include the third annual Bigfork Sidewalk Art Show, starting at 9 a.m. Anyone can pick up some chalk and draw whatever they want on a sidewalk square in downtown Bigfork.
Also on Saturday at 9 a.m., there will be a reception to meet and greet the actors of the Bigfork Summer Playhouse, which opens this weekend with performances of "The Foreigner" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The reception will be held at Marina Cay, across the street from the theater in downtown Bigfork.
To get a taste of Bigfork's history, stop in at the Bigfork Art and Culture Center from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday to see the town's centennial photo exhibit. The black-and-white photos date from the early 1900s to the '30s and '40s, said Goff.
"It's neat to see the change in the way the town looks from its timber and agrarian economy in the early 1900s to a tourist and service economy today, she said.
The photos were donated to the exhibit by many people who were born and raised in Bigfork, Goff said. The Art and Culture Center solicited the photos for the past nine months.
Some photos feature the historic Kootenai Lodge at Swan Lake, which hosted the area's copper barons, and the Flathead Lake Lodge.