July 2022 Newsletter

July 2022 Newsletter

Don’t Forget to RSVP for the Members’ Picnic

The Annual Members’ Picnic will be held on Sunday, August 28, 2022 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, at Lawrence Park in Kalispell

For those of you that are new to ACF, the members picnic is a fun afternoon of socializing with your fellow members.  We will have main courses catered by Famous Dave’s BBQ and ask attendees to bring a side dish or dessert to share:

  • Members with last names A-K should plan to bring dessert or fruit
  • Members with last names L-Z please plan to bring a side dish or salad.

There will be a scavenger hunt for the kiddos, goodie bags and BINGO!

Make sure to RSVP - Contact Pam at 760-217-0474  lillielanemt@gmail.com

Next Picnic Committee Meeting  - August 1, 2022 - at 6:00 pm at Lawrence Park

 Click HERE to follow the event on Facebook

Fall Art/Craft Supply Market - Sept. 17, 2022

Ready to clean out your craft supply closet, shelf, boxes, storage, etc?  We can help with that!  Outreach Committee is planning their first ever “Create it Forward” Fall Art/Craft Supply Sale. This event will be held on Sept. 17, 2022 in the Country Kitchen Building of the Flathead County Fairgrounds. 

There are a few different ways in which you can choose to participate or sell your surplus art/craft supplies.  All we ask to get started is that you pay a $25 up-front participation deposit.  Then consider the following:

  1. Would you like to donate your supplies, let us sell them and/or donate them to a local school?
  2. Would you like to drop off your supplies, let us try to sell them, then you pick up anything that doesn’t sell? - donate 25% of your sales.
  3. Would you like to participate and sell your own supplies at the event? - donate 10% of your sales.
  4. Would you like to volunteer to help out?
Coordinate supply drop off/pick up by contacting
Lindsay Mena - 406-249-9181 - lindsaymena15@gmail.com

Click HERE to find the sign up form and event flyer.

Special Meeting - Oct. 12, 2022

As you all should recall, combining with the Food Truck Festival for our 2022 Summer Show, was a first-time thing, an experiment, and was opposed by some.  So, we’d like to have a discussion about the event, how it went, ways we can make it better, and whether or not we should join with Food Truck Festival again for next year.  Because this topic is very involved, we have scheduled a Special General Meeting for October 12, 2022 for this discussion.  So, please mark your calendars and plan to attend this discussion and share your comments on this topic before we put the issue to a vote.

We would also like to take some time to discuss the future of ACF and ways in which we can manage the growth of our organization.  The Board has been tossing around many ideas, including but not limited to, capping our membership at 200 people.  But we’d like to hear your thoughts and ideas as well before any changes are made.

Special Meeting

October 12, 2022

7:00 PM

Country Kitchen of Flathead County Fairgrounds

Click HERE to see the event statistics and vendor survey comments.

Personal Health Reminder

 As a friendly reminder to all, COVID-19 is here to stay.  Just as the flu virus and cold virus comes around every year, there will continue to be new variants of COVID-19.  You may hear of fellow members and vendors getting sick throughout the year.  Please refrain from sharing personal health information about others without their express permission.

ACF does not bare the responsibility, nor the right, to distribute personal health information about any member to any of our members or the general public.  Additionally, there are no laws or regulations requiring us to provide health information or share health statuses of members, vendors, or guests at our events.  Information about the possible risks of exposure and how to protect yourself from future exposure can be found on the CDC website.  Additionally, contact tracing can be done through the Flathead County Health Department website at the discretion of the person who may be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

We encourage each of you to carefully consider whether your participation in future events, whether hosted by ACF or by another event host, would cause yourself additional health risks.  Event participation is a choice that each vendor can, and should, make for themselves.

Seeking Prize Donations for Future Outreach Committee Fundraising Events

Hey Everyone, we are still seeking additional donations for our future fundraising events and Raffle basket prizes at our fall fundraising events.  All proceeds from our fundraising efforts go to our “Create It Forward” scholarship fund, and we’d love to keep it going and growing.  Please consider donating a handmade item or two to our prize pool.  Donating is also a great way to help advertise your business because you might get your product into the hands of a new future loyal customer and your donated item will be advertised on our event promos. Please bring your donation items to the Members Picnic, or the next General Meeting or

contact Denise at 406-270-9538, seedenisemt@gmail.com to coordinate delivery/drop off. 

Summer Event Schedule

Even though our Summer Show has come and gone, there are tons of other events that feature and host handmade vendors.  Check out all the fun events going on around the Flathead Valley this Summer:

  • July 15-17 - Kalispell Art in the Park at Kalispell Depot Park
  • July 20-24 - The Event at Rebecca Farm, 1385 Farm to Market Road, Kalispell
  • July 30-31 - Polson Cherry Festival, Main Street, Polson
  • July 30-31 and Aug 6-7 - MT Renaissance Faire, Majestic Valley Arena, Kalispell
  • Aug 6-7 - Bigfork Festival of the Arts, Electric Avenue, Bigfork
  • Aug 12-13 - Huckleberry Days, Depot Park, Whitefish
  • Aug 13 - Huckleberry Festival, Swan Lake Day Park, Swan Lake
  • Aug 17-21 - NW MT Fair & Rodeo, Flathead County Fairgrounds

Did we miss one that you are participating in?  Let us know and we’d be happy to help promote and share.

Next General Meeting

September 14, 2022

7:00 pm

Country Kitchen of Flathead County Fairgrounds

 Follow the event on Facebook HERE

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