The annual Chokecherry Festival, held in Lewistown on the first Saturday following Labor Day, celebrates the harvest of the little dark red berry found on a hardy bush growing around Lewistown.
In the summer, groupings of these bitter green berries slowly ripen to the plump, dark red jewel we prize at harvest. The berry was named 'choke'cherry because of the bitter taste of the fruit. Even in its ripe condition, sugar must be added for any chokecherry dish to be palatable.
On the day of the festival, Lewistown closes down its Main Street, and it is lined with 250+ vendor booths full of items ranging from specialty foods, baked goods, retail and art, to wood products, garden fresh produce and other unique items.