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Clearwater Valley News: Stites Days events set for this weekend


Norma Staaf 208-993-0689

— The summer season is here and seems like an event or two every weekend. If you want to get out of the heat on Friday, July 7, head up to Lolo Pass Visitor Center, elevation 5,233 feet. Chuck Raddon, an Orofino resident and member of the Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Association will share his knowledge of Lolo trail history with a free, family-friendly interpretive program. His talk is entitled “Where history bumps into itself on the Lolo Trail”. Meet at the Visitor Center 10 a.m., Pacific Time. His talk will end with a short walk at nearby Packer Meadow. For more information call the visitor center at 942-3113 or check their Facebook page. You can always stay and go for a hike afterwards, the friendly folks at the visitor center can give you some ideas.

One thing I love in this area is that every town, no matter how small, has some kind of summer celebration. This weekend, July 7-9 is Stites Days. Karen Braun at City Hall, gave me the rundown on planned events including games for kids and adults. Chicken poop Bingo, corn hole toss and beer bobbing are some of the activities on Saturday. When I googled “beer-bobbing” I ended up at a website with top 10 “redneck” party games. Go figure!

“Tornado” potatoes are on the menu at Stites City Park on Friday night at 6 p.m., followed by horseshoe singles and Bingo (bring your own chair). Saturday has activities for adults and kids all day, beginning with a pancake breakfast, then horseshoe doubles at 9 a.m., a parade at 10 a.m., followed by three-point basketball and barbecue lunch. Duck races, an ATV poker run and a benefit auction all begin at 1 p.m.. with a two-man raft race on the South Fork at 4 p.m. Saturday night features hay stacks for dinner and a music jam session starting at 6 p.m. City Hall will be open from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., with a display of Stites historic photos. Stites Days ends on Sunday with a community church service at the Gospel Lighthouse at 10:30 a.m. followed by a potluck lunch.

On Saturday, July 8, the Clearwater Valley Aero Club is sponsoring a Fly-in at the Kamiah airport. Experienced pilots will take children ages 8-17 (with parental permission) on free Young Eagle flights to introduce them to flying. What an exciting opportunity for kids to see the valley from the air! Flights begin at 8 a.m. continuing until 2 p.m. Also, a water balloon drop and a spot landing. Nathun Finkhouse, a singer songwriter, will be playing live music described as rock/alternative/blues throughout the day. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Also, vendor booths and a silent auction. For more info call 935-0089 or email


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