Homesteading is a way of life that teaches people to become self-sufficient. It can include gardening, canning, sewing, folk medicine, hunting, foraging and homeschooling.
When you decide to homestead, it’s important to pick the right property. There are a lot of things to consider, from zoning laws to the weather.
Summer activities will kick off in June with two fun-filled events in Valier.
Lake Frances Triple P Triathlon is back on June 10 for its 4th year. This kayak triathlon draws competitors from four states ranging in age from 9 to 66 years with women making up ¾ of the entrants. The race can be completed individually or as a team of 2-3 athletes.
The multi-sport event tests stamina, as well as, the mental ability to shift from one challenge to the next. Sportsmanship prevails as competitors cheer on one another, empathizing with the discomfort they all endure.
Homesteader Days will follow on June 23-25 with some traditional activities and a few new ones. Wilderness Wonder, the theme for 2023, will lend itself to creative parade floats and activities in the park.
Connor Bridge is chairing the event for his second year with plans for wilderness themed activities. Included in the lineup are a Photography Contest, Kids Orienteering course, an Eating Contest, and possible Camp or Survival Demonstration and Environmental Education Station. Last year’s Cherry Spitting Contest will also be back. The Valier Idol singing competition was popular last year. It will be expanding to include more talents and will be dubbed “Valier’s Got Talent.”
Look for the ever popular Softball Tournament and Poker Ride (Janelle Nelson 406-788-8841) on Friday. Saturday will be busy with the Homesteader Hustle Fun Run, Parade, Kids Games, and Vendors in the Park (Linda Kuka 406-590-4924).
The VADC will be active with several projects at or near Lake Frances Campground this summer.
New benches for the campground have been purchased and received. VADC will work with the Town of Valier to get these installed when the weather permits.
Four fitness clusters have been ordered for installation near Lake Road east of the boat ramp and will be available for public use.
A community work day to complete the installation will be scheduled when the equipment arrives. Efforts are also being made to shore up the retaining wall by the campground.
The Valier Mural Project that was inspired last year through the WeCAN meetings is still in process. Watch for murals to begin popping up, the first of which will be a Paint the State project by Valier students and supported by the VADC.
The Valier Area Development Corporation sponsors events year round and promotes beautification and recreation. The VADC encourages community involvement and invites interested parties to contact Sheron Curry (406-279-3749) for membership information.