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Mortlach Saskatoonberry Festival
July 4, 2009
Last year, more than 2,500 people attended the first Mortlach Saskatoonberry Festival. It is an event for the entire family with great entertainment, events, a parade, and of course, saskatoon berries!
Saskatoon berries have a long history in Saskatchewan. Here are a few little known facts about saskatoon berries:
They are not from Saskatoon and have nothing to do with Saskatoon as a 'Place Name' as such.
They are more commonly known as the serviceberry or juneberry and are native to northern North America.
The Cree Indians called the berry "misaskwatomin" or "missakqhahtoomina", meaning "fruit of the tree of many branches", which got anglicized to "saskatoon". The word sounded a lot like "saskatoon" to John Lake, a Methodist minister of a group that had settled on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River in 1882-1883.
So saskatoon berries are actually misaskwatominberries... and to top it all off, they aren't a berry at all, but a kind of very small apple. Maybe that is why they make such great pie!
On Saturday July 4, 2009, from 9am to 9pm, the town of Mortlach welcomes all visitors to enjoy a full day of fun and food. Admission for the day is $5 per person or $15 per family. For more information about the Mortlach Saskatoonberry Festival phone 306-355-2773 or visit their website.
Mortlach Saskatoonberry Festival & Spa Package