Raspberry Festival!

An Annual Benefit for the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude ~ First Sundays in August, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Announcement: Raspberry Festival 2020
May 5, 2020

As we, the Benedictine Sisters of the Monastery of St. Gertrude, are deeply concerned about the health of the monastic community as well as the health of our friends during this time of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Raspberry Festival — always held on the first Sunday in August — will be postponed this year.

In addition, we are deeply grateful for all the small businesses and individuals who have been our sponsors in past years and know of the hardships they are enduring. We do not want to place an unnecessary burden on those who have supported us. While we are sad we cannot host this event this summer, we understand that the circumstances are highly unusual and we look forward to celebrating with everyone next year.

Thank you for your support of us and this event!

Sr. Mary Forman, OSB

Fun Run & Walk     Arts & Crafts Booths     Art Show     Car Show     Volunteer/Donate

It’s a day of celebrating friends at Raspberry Festival!

Set against the beautiful background of the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood, Idaho, Raspberry Festival is a one day event that features fun activities for the whole family including a pancake breakfast, grilled hamburgers, BBQ beef sandwiches, raspberry shortcake, ice cream, jam and products, vintage sale, Bingo, an Arts & Crafts Fair, Fun Run & Walk, live music, a kids’ carnival, Art Show, Car Show, hand-crafting demos, chapel tours, Museum visits and more.

Event Schedule

7 – 7:45 a.m.
Fun Run & Walk race registration at the Museum

8 – 10:00 a.m.
Pancake Breakfast on the front lawn.
Fun Run & Walk

10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Gourmet hamburgers, BBQ beef sandwiches, hot dogs, Raspberry Shortcake and Raspberry Lemonade on the front lawn.

9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Arts & Crafts Vendors (on lower lawn directly in front of stone Monastery building)

Kids’ Carnival, Face Painting, Clown (on side lawn adjacent to Chapel entrance)

Car Show — Northeast Parking Lot

Community Education Corner featuring booths on local culture, health resources, living history, and more.

Sister Barbara Ann Bielenberg with family.

Historical Museum at St. Gertrude visits

Living History Encounters and Cultural Demos

New, Used, and Vintage Sale

Art Show in our Spirit Center located south of the stone Monastery

Live Music on front steps of the stone Monastery building.

Tours Monastery Chapel at 10:00, 11:00, 1:00 and 2:00

Getting to the Festival

Directions to the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude in Cottonwood, Idaho
Raspberry Festival is held on the first Sunday in August at the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude, 465 Keuterville Road, in Cottonwood, Idaho. Located on the Monastery of St. Gertrude campus, the Museum is just a few miles from US Highway 95. Lewiston Regional Airport, one hour north of Cottonwood, offers connecting flights from Seattle, Washington and Boise, Idaho. Car rentals are available.

How to get to Cottonwood from:

Boise US 95 N; US 55 N to US 95 N at New Meadows
Lewiston US 95 S
Missoula US 12 W to Kamiah (see directions below)
Seattle Via Vantage, Colfax and Lewiston
Spokane US 195 to Lewiston, US 95 S
Walla Walla US 12 E to Lewiston, US 95 S

From the South (Boise)
Take the south Cottonwood exit off US Highway 95 into town and proceed until you see the railway trestle. Go under the railway trestle and follow Keuterville Road to the Monastery of St. Gertrude.

From the North (Lewiston)
Take the north Cottonwood exit off US Highway 95. At the first stop sign, turn right. Go under the railway trestle and follow Keuterville Road to the Monastery.

From the East (Missoula)
Take US Highway 12 across Lolo Pass and into Idaho. At Kamiah follow the signs left, right, and left for Highway 162 (it is clearly marked). You’ll know you are on the right road when you drive by two schools on your way out of town.

Stay on Highway 162 for approximately 15 miles and you come to a stop sign. Take a left at the stop sign and stay on that road for about 1 mile until you come to the first road to your right. There will be a sign that points towards Greencreek. Take that first road on your right. You will go through the community of Greencreek on your way towards Cottonwood. There will be a stop sign when you come to US Highway 95. Do NOT turn onto this highway but go straight across it and you will be entering Cottonwood. Follow the road that will wind through Cottonwood until you come to a stop sign. Turn right and go under the railway trestle following Keuterville Road to the Monastery.


Cottonwood and Grangeville offer hotels, motels and B&Bs to fit any budget for out of town visitors to Raspberry Festival.

In Cottonwood:

Rodonna’s Country Haus Restaurant and Motel
Clean, comfortable, affordable rooms.

Dog Bark Park Bed & Breakfast
Dog Bark Park Inn is a Bed & Breakfast inside the world’s biggest beagle. Guests enter the body of the beagle from a private 2nd story deck. Inside and up another level to the head of the dog is a loft room with additional sleeping space, plus a cozy alcove in the muzzle.

In Grangeville:

Bear Den RV Resort
RV Park with 20/30/50 amp service, water, sewer, cable TV, tent area, free WiFi, laundromat, propane fill station, picnic & BBQ area, and more.

Downtowner Inn
This motel offers spacious guest rooms featuring queen beds, refrigerators, microwaves, and coffeemakers, as well as free wireless internet, fax service, in-room phones, and cable TV.

Evergreen Suites
208.983.2587 or 888.832.5251
Three cozy, one, two, and extended two-bedroom suites complete with private bath, private entrance and full kitchenettes.

Gateway Inn
208.983.2500 or 877.983.1463
26 unit property including king and queen size beds, telephones, refrigerators and cable TV in every room. (Microwaves are available in some rooms and rollaways or cribs can be requested). Complimentary breakfast is served each morning.

Super 8 Motel
208.983.1002 or 866.786.6835
Super 8 hospitality with an indoor pool/spa, exercise room, free high speed wireless internet and complimentary continental breakfast.

Need more info? Visit the Cottonwood Chamber and Grangeville Chamber.

Raspberry Festival is an Annual Benefit for the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of Cottonwood, Idaho, INFO: 208-962-5053