The 26th Annual Raspberry Festival began with nearly eighty runners and walkers who took the 8 a.m. course toward Keuterville and back in the Fun Run & Walk. The event was followed by a pancake breakfast and the opening of the Arts & Crafts Fair, art show, car show, Museum, Bingo, and kids’ carnival. There was live music throughout the day near food tents with hamburgers, barbecue beef sandwiches, sausages, raspberry shortcake, and raspberry lemonade.

Sister Lillian Englert led tours in the chapel, describing the over one hundred years of Benedictine history in Cottonwood. Sister Carlotta Maria Fontes directed the Kids’ Carnival and other sisters served raspberry lemonade, raspberry shortcake, and generally welcomed the thousands of the guests. A vigorous volunteer corps helped set up, cook and serve food, and sell raspberry products. The Raspberry Festival is an annual benefit for the Historical Museumat St. Gertrude, preserving regional history for generations to come.


The People’s Choice Award winner for the art show was Sharon Herther’s “Indian Valley Spring” and runner up was Eric Wassmuth’s “Kinetic Metal Sculpture.”

Raffle winners:

Fran Robinson (Quilt), Nick Guho (Quilt), Marlene Nicolson (Handmade Shawl), Nancy Lustig (Shari’s Gift Card), Kelly Morgan (Shari’s Gift Card), Rita Ball (Shari’s Gift Card), Marge Arnzen (Shari’s Gift Card), Glen Wassmuth (Happy Days Gift Card), Brad Schaf (Happy Days Gift Card), Karen Dhuyvetter (cash), Vera Holthaus (cash), Jake Wren (Rodonna’s Country Haus Gift Certificate), Sharon Klimback (Palenque’s Gift Card), Kathline Kokella (cash), Nancy Lustig (Spirit Center retreat), Steve Pierson (cash), Gerry Bulger (Inn at St. Gertrude gift certificate), Diane Waldermaison (Welcome Center Gift Basket)

Car Show:

We had 16 entries.

1970 Chev Nova
1940 Dodge PU
1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
1977 Ford F250 Crew Cab
2018 Polaris RS1 Pro ATV
1954 Buick Riveria Special
1978 Chev Corvette
1998 Chev Corvette
1930 Ford Coupe
1939 Ford 2 Door
1967 Chev El Camino
1963 Ford Thunderbird
1956 Mercury Montclair
1974 Chev Nova
1968 Chev El Camino
1970 Chev Chevelle


#1  1954 Buick Riveria Special – Rosalea Figgins & Dan Roberts, Nezperce, Idaho – $50 plus Trophy

#2  1956 Mercury Montclair – Abe Boegelsack, Grangeville, Idaho – $25

#3  1968 Chevrolet El Camino – Tony Betschowa, Kamiah, Idaho – Monastery Gift Basket

Drawing prize of car care products donated by Hometown Auto & Ag – Ken Kuther, Nezperce, Idaho – 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

Our sponsors for this event were:

Advanced Welding & Steel – $500

Brute Steel (Ryan U)

The Tire Guy (Ryan U)

Hometown Auto & Ag – gift bag items

Kuther Air Service – gift bag items

Quality Heating & Air Conditioning – gift bag items


Raspberry Festival Fun Run & Walk Results2018