We had a great turnout and beautiful weather for our 2021 season opening at the Weippe Hilltop Museum Heritage Days.  Saturday, June 5, was a fun day starting with the bake food sale, lots of yummy food of all kinds. At our 11 a.m. we opened the food booth with grilled hamburgers and hot dogs with potato salad, chips and drinks. We also had Nacho’s Supreme.  Everyone got their fill and then had a piece of pie from the bake sale. 

The Blue Grass Band started entertaining the crowd at 2 p.m. and the games started.

First up was the Egg toss. Sally Marks, President, tossed the eggs to the kids from the balcony. Eggs were going everywhere and kids were scrambling to get an egg filled with cash. Winners were:  Hayley Aeschliman $2, Everly Aeschliman $5, Parker Aeschliman $2. Roslyn Umphenour $4, Gayla Umphenour $6. Piper Dennison $6, Grand prize winner was Gunner Dennison winning $15. 

Next up was the water balloon toss game. Kids played first. Parker and Haylee Aeschliman won $5 each (see photo).

Being a hot day Sally threw the first water balloon and hit unsuspecting Cindy Rose. All the adults and kids had a big old fashion water balloon fight. Needless to say Sally got the worst of it as they all ganged up and drowned her.  

Next was the Corn Hole Tournament. Several partners teamed up and the competition began with some playoffs.

The winners were Dawn Cloin and Cindy Rose (see photo).

Everyone had a lot of fun. Some went and got another burger or hotdog and continue listening to the band, great way to end the day.

Sunday was the big raffle everyone had been waiting for.

At 2 p.m. sharp the crowd gathered inside the Museum where the tickets were put into the big drum to toss and draw the winning tickets, by Piper Dennison and Tayla Umphenour.

Merchants that donated the prizes and winners are as follows: Arnzen Pharmacy-Orofino-Winchester Repeating Arms Co. card and dice set in a very nice tin case-winner – Terry Millage, Atkinson Distributors-Orofino- Case of oil- winner- Bucky Jared, Barney’s Marketplace-Orofino-$25 gift certificate-winner-Frank Smith, CJ’s Pizza-Orofino- 2 free pizza’s- winner Tony Morris, China Palace-Orofino- $20 gift certificate-winner-Terry Durham Lewiston, Clearwater Tackle-Orofino- Fishing rod, tackle box filled with tackle-winner-Marlene Nesheim, Clearwater Tribune-Orofino- (two) one year subscription winners- Dawn Cloin and Trisha Heywood, Deano’s-Orofino- $10 cash-winner- Connie Mendenhall, Pioneer Inn-Pierce- $40 cash-winner Holly Wolfe, The Dog House food truck-Orofino- two free lunches- winners- Larry Braun-Nezperce and Frank Smith, Vickie Smith Durants Trailer Park-Weippe- $100 Winco gift card-winner-Marge Kuchynka, Elk Horn Tavern-Weippe-T-Shirt-winner Marge Carlson, T-shirt and hat with new Logo-winner- Steve Brand, Elk Snout Coffee Shop-Pierce- NICE  “Black Rifle Coffee” basket- winner- Laura Hart -Nezperce,

Fiesta En Jalisco Resturant-Orofino- $25 Gift Certificate-winner- Jean Bennett-Lenore, Green Things-Orofino- Alberta Spruce Tree- winner-Ronda Rhoads, Guide Shop-Orofino- $20 gift certificate-winner-Lon Smith, Hanson Garage-Orofino- Free lube and oil change-winner-George Frisby, Hayes-Orofino- two leather belts and two themes coffee mugs-winner-Marcie Brester-Vancouver, WA, Holly’s Hair and Wax Salon-Lewiston- Free Facial-winner-Bonnie Hutchins, and Free Haircut-winner-Gail Hart-Nezperce, Idaho Central Credit Union-Pierce-$100 cash-winner- Dawn Cloin, Konkolville Motel-Orofino- one free night at Hotel and steak dinner for two-winner-Bonnie Hutchins, Led Schwab Tire-Orofino- free lube and oil change-winner-Diane Forsman, Mark’s Barber-Orofino-free hair cut-winner-Shawn Mattoon, Main Street Tire-Orofino- Free lube and oil change- winner- Russell Trieb, MaryAnn’s Grocery-Weippe- $10 gift card for Gas-winner-Kris Wurth, Material Girls-Orofino-$50 Gift Certificate-winner-Sheila Barteaux, Meraki Salon-Orofino- Free Medi and Pedi-winner-Kathy Waldron.

Miss Lily’s -Pierce-Free dinner for two-winner-Marge Carlson, Murrays Shoe Store-Orofino-Leather purse with rhinestones of U.S. flag “nice” -winner-Kerry Anderson, Olives Auto/Guns-Orofino-ATV tire repair kit and rope tow kit-winner Kerry Anderson, Orofino Builders-Orofino-$50 Gift card-winner-Marge Kuchynka, The Outback-Pierce- Gift Certificate for a mid-size cabin value $78-winner-Dwan Brown-Lewiston, Ponderosa Restaurant-Orofino- Two chicken fried steak dinners-winner-John Marks, Riverside Lanes-Orofino-$25 gift certificate for bowling or food-winner-Chip Derringer, RuthAnn Mowery-Weippe-  wildlife custom painting-winner-Pete Forsman, Sassy’s Girls Salon-Orofino-Shampoo and Conditioner $41 value and Beaver Concrete-Orofino- $20 cash-winner-Kenda Gremment-Seattle Area, Pierce Saw Shop- Pierce-Lumberjack Basket “nice”-winner-Cindy Rose, Pierce Hardware-Pierce- Hummingbird feeder-winner Delores Watson, Sherry Cakes & Bouquets-Weippe-Basket of planting flowers “nice”-winner – Nikki Mattoon, Studio 205-Pierce- Custom #1 painting of the Weippe Hilltop Museum-winner- Sally Marks, Subway Sandwich Shop-Orofino- Free three foot long sandwich-winner-Marlene Nesheim.

The Market Place-Pierce- (two) $50 gift cards-winners-RuthAnn Mowery and Holly Wolfe, Timber Inn-Pierce-Free Timber Burger and one side-Winner-Ed Braun-Nezperce, Whipple Feed-Orofino- Deco home basket for home interior decorating-winner- Larry Braun-Nezperce. We thank the Merchants from Orofino, Lewiston and Hilltop for their gracious donations that made our raffle very, very successful. We also thank all those that purchased tickets to make the raffle the most successful raffle we have ever had.  Thank you to the many who purchased food from bake food sale and food booth, A special thank you to the awesome BlueGrass band, what a great group of musicians.

We thank everyone who attended this year’s opening and many gratifying comments we received of our displays and new paint job inside.

We are now open Friday and Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. until Veterans Day in November. Come visit the Museum this summer, we love visitors!

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