2011 Festivals in Historic Wallace and the Silver Valley

Every year sees an amazing range of festivals that help make this the most fascinating small town in America! On this page, I present an enhanced version of the 2011 Wallace Chamber of Commerce Events Calendar. Many Silver Valley events are also included. Four of Wallace's festivals are large enough to warrant their own pages, complete with photos and forms.
Greg Marsh

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meanwhile reference 2010 calendar for recurring events

click to see Depot Day 2011 photos and winners
Depot Day 2011
photos and winners
The 70th running of the Lead Creek Derby from Mullan to Wallace, June 18, 2011
winners at the 70th Lead Creek Derby
, June 18, 2011
click to open  2010 Photos and Winners page in separate window
Huckleberry Festival 2010
Photos and Winners
click to open Yuletide Lighting Festival 2010 page in separate window
Yuletide Lighting Festival 2010
Last summer we commemorated the Great Fire of 1910 and those who gave their lives to fight it.
click to see pdf poster for 1910 Fireman's Ball, Saturday March 6, 2010
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11, 12, 13,
18, 19, 20,
25, 26, 27
SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY at the Melodrama, March 11 thru 27, 2011 Spring Melodrama opens at the Sixth Street Theatre: "Southern Hospitality"
Another Comedy about the Futrelle Sisters of Fayro, Texas
(208) 752-8871
12 Free Ski School Graduation,
Awards Ceremony & BBQ at Lookout Pass
(208) 744-1301
19 part of Nick Fluge's Global Adventures Pre-Opening Tour and Exhibition Charity Poker Invitational
at the new Idaho Press Gallery
622 Bank Street
1:00 to 10:00 PM
Proceeds to benefit the Wallace Community Pool
Music by Portland sensation Marianna and the Baby Vamps
Nick Fluge
26 Spaghetti Feed to benefit Joe & Rosemary Peak
at the Enaville Resort, 3:00 to 7:00 PM
$10 donation
(208) 682-3453

1 First Friday in April print First Friday in April 2011 poster (208) 753-7151
Wallace Chamber
16 Silver Valley Business Expo 2011
at the Shoshone Medical Center
H & E building in Smelterville
10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
(208) 784-0821
Kellogg Chamber
29 Sierra Silver Mine miner Sierra Silver Mine Tour opens for the season at the corner of Fifth and Bank Streets (208) 752-5151

2 39th Sunshine Mine Disaster Memorial Service (208) 784-0821
6 click to open PDF poster in separate window Fifth Annual Dinner Dance at the Eagles Dave DeRoos
(208) 753-3071
7 Loyalty Day Parade in Osburn (208) 753-7151
7 click to open 1422 pixil wide image in separate window 26th annual Depot Day
or Northern Pacific Railroad Depot Museum Festival and Classic Car Show 2011
in downtown Wallace
  • Food Booths
  • Live Music
  • Crafts and Unique Vendor Booths
  • Children's Games
  • Free Depot Museum Tours
  • Model Railroad Display
  • Dinner Dance Friday Night
  • 16 Classes & 50 Trophies
  • Raffles
  • Fun for the Entire Family!
Car Show Registration          Schedule of Events
(pdf files open in separate windows)
(208) 752-0111
Depot Day 2010

Click on Perfection
to see
Photos and Winners
Dedication of Magnuson Way

Depot Day 2011 DEPOT DAY 2011 WINNERS
Depot Day 2002 DEPOT DAY 2002 WINNERS
21 click to enlarge Kirby Krulitz in a separate window 2nd Annual TSA Golf Tournament
in memory of Kirby Krulitz
at Shoshone Golf Course
Big Creek, Exit 54 off I-90
10:00 AM shotgun start of four person scramble
supports Wallace High School Technology Student Association
(208) 753-5315
Wallace High

4 & 5

Wallace Street Fair, June 4 & 5, 2011 Downtown Wallace Street Fair
featuring vendors from the Northwest
Antiques, Arts, Crafts, Music and Food

(208) 660-4483

Original Route of the Hiawatha Logo The Route of the Hiawatha Rail-Trail will be open daily from June 11 thru October 2, 2011. This opening is two weeks later than normal due to slow snowmelt from a phenomenal 2010/2011 ski season. The trail, trailheads, and facilities are open from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. During the peak season, June 27 thru September 5, the hours are extended to 5:30 PM (PDT).

Lookout Pass

Come see the 70th running of the Lead Creek Derby from Mullan to Wallace, June 18, 2011 Gyro Days Carnival and Lead Creek Derby in Wallace

Thursday is the start of the downtown Carnival that runs through Saturday night.

    The Lead Creek Derby Raffle is based on the time it takes the Gyro Ball to float from Mullan to Wallace.
  • 1st wins $1000 worth of silver coins
  • 2nd - 6th wins $100
  • 7th - 11th wins $50
  • 12th - 14th wins $25
This year, our 70th Gyro Days Carnival and Lead Creek Derby will coincide with the District VIII Gyro Convention, June 16 - 19, 2011.

(208) 512-3965
Wallace Gyro Club
18 Lead Creek Breakfast at the Morning Club in Mullan (208) 744-1601
Dan White
18 70th running of the Lead Creek Derby from Mullan to Wallace (208) 512-3965
Lead Creek Derby 2010


Click on the Gyro Ball
to see
Photos and Winners

2011 Lead Creek Derby winners
21 Bridge the Years and Ride the Wall in Enaville
The registration form for this 13th annual 13-mile bicycle ride and BBQ on the longest day of the year may be downloaded at the Fuller Center for Housing website.
(208) 786-6013
Fuller Center

3 Idaho Statehood Day — parade through Downtown Wallace (208) 556-0904
Carol Thrasher
6 Sierra Silver Mine miner Sierra Silver Mine Tour adds a Ghost Town Trolly
that takes visitors back in history up Burke Canyon,
and also leaves from the corner of Fifth and Bank Streets
(208) 752-5151
Sue Halley
6 - 31 Sixth Street Theater, 28th summer season 28th Summer Season
July 6 through July 31, 2010
Purty Gertie Gets Plugged While Wallace Welcomes the Wireless
Written by Paul Roberts
Directed by Carol and Paul Roberts
(208) 752-8871
Sixth Street Theater
8 - 9 Silver Valley Relay For Life
at Sather Field in Silverton
a walking/running event to benefit the American Cancer Society
(208) 556-1071
Jonnie Renperia
14 - 17 Silver Spokes Bicycle Jam
  • Thursday July 14
    • Family Bicycle Rides on Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes, Route of Hiawatha, and other local trails. Fun Rides for all skill levels.
    • Historic Wallace Preservation Society hosts a "Meet and Greet" at the Red Light Garage, 5 to 8 PM
  • Friday July 15
    • Pedestrian Fair, Tots on Trikes, Bicycle Safety Rodeo, Wallace
    • Time Trials, USCF sanctioned, Wallace to Silverton, evening
    • tricycle race for kids over 21, late evening
  • Saturday July 16
    • tricycle race for kids under 6, 9:00 AM
    • Kids/Family Triathelon in Kellogg, 9:00 AM
    • Dobson Pass Hill Climb, USCF sanctioned, 11 AM
    • Downtown Criterium Races, USCF sanctioned, cash prizes, 4 - 7 PM
    • Downtown Bicycle and Food Vendors, all day
    • Live music, street dance, evening
  • Sunday July 17
    • Downhill events at Silver Mountain

The Silver Spokes Wallace Omnium combines contestant placement in Time Trials, Hill Climb and Criterium to award CASH PRIZES and medals. This part of the Silver Valley wide event is being produced by the Friends of the Coeur d'Alene Trails. In order to keep the races affordable there are no late fees, and the cool event T-shirt is offered as an option for $20. However, preregister for the Omnium (3 races) and get the T-shirt for free. Preregister for 1 or 2 races and get the T-shirt for just $10. It is easy to preregister at USA Cycling. On-site Omnium and Time Trial registration will be at Samuels Park, 7th & Cedar Streets, 5:00 to 6:30 PM Friday, and beginning 90 minutes prior to the Hill Climb and Criterium on Saturday. Questions: stevepro65@gmail.com.

(208) 753-0591
Shauna Hillman
18 - 23 ATV Jamboree and Rodeo 2011
in and around Wallace
(208) 512-2269
High Mountain ATV Association

3 - 28 Sixth Street Theater, 28th summer season 28th Summer Season
August 3 through August 28, 2010
Run to the Roundhouse, Nellie, He Can't Corner You There
Written by Shubert Fendrich
Directed by Vern Hanson
(208) 752-8871
Sixth Street Theater
6 24th Cd'A District Mining Competition at Gene Day Park in Osburn (208) 556-2535
Bob McPhail
11 - 14 First Historic Wallace Accordion Festival

open this lettersize Wallace Chamber poster as a pdf file in a separate window

Join us for our 1st Historic Wallace Accordion Festival!
  • Thursday, August 11
    • Silver Summit Meet & Greet @ City Limits Pub 5:30-7PM. ALL ARE WELCOME.
  • Friday, August 12
    • Registration at Corner of Cedar & 6th Street, Downtown Wallace, Noon to 4PM
    • FREE Gazebo Concert - Eileen Webber, Downtown Wallace 2PM
    • Hollywood Meets Wallace Walking Tour 4PM
    • Concert at Wallace High School - Bruce Gassman & Big Lou 6PM
    • Music at various downtown establishments 8PM - ???
  • Saturday, August 13
    • Accordion Celebration Parade 9AM (Line-up at 5th & Cedar Street 8:30AM)
    • Polka dance workshop @ Wallace Inn 10AM - $5
    • Workshops 10AM, 1PM & 3PM. The workshop locations are: Brooks Hotel, D&G Bakery, Red Light Garage, Wallace Brewing Company, and Wallace Inn.
    • Open Stage @ Gazebo 10AM - 4PM
    • Concert @ Wallace High School - Bruce Gassman, Cory Pesaturo & Andy Mirkovich 6PM
    • Music at various downtown establishments 8PM - ???
  • Sunday August 14th
    • Farewell Pancake Breakfast: 9AM-11AM at Wallace Elks Lodge - 419 Cedar Street. Come say goodbye to your new and old friends at the Farewell Pancake Breakfast. It's also an opportunity to support Cub Scout Pack 331. Suggested donation is $6 per person.
  • Ticket Prices: Friday night concert - $15, Saturday night concert - $20, Both Friday & Saturday night concerts combo - $30, Kids FREE entry to concerts with paying adult. Workshops - $5-$15 each, Package deal: All concerts and workshops - $55.
  • ADVANCE TICKET PRE-PURCHASE NOW AVAILABLE! To pre-purchase concert tickets, contact Diane @ Historic Wallace Chamber of Commerce 208-753-7151. Full payment must be made at time of purchase. Non-refundable. Accepting Visa/MC, Check, Money Order or Cash.
  • Accordion Festival Quilt Raffle Tickets are $1 each or 6 tickets for $5. All proceeds from quilt raffle go to Wallace High School Music Department. Quilt is on display at D&G Bakery at 519 Cedar Street in Downtown Wallace. Need not be present to win.
  • Get your very own Official Historic Wallace Accordion Festival lapel pin for only $6 each! Contact Diane @ Historic Wallace Chamber of Commerce 208-753-7151. Bumper stickers, t-shirts & buttons will be available at festival and concerts!
  • HOLLYWOOD MEETS WALLACE WALKING TOUR: Friday August 12 @ 4PM - What do the action movie “Dante’s Peak” and the “Big Burn” forest fire of 1910 have in common? They both swept through Wallace Idaho and dramatically changed this Idaho mining town. Those attending the Historic Wallace Accordion Festival are invited to learn about both events by signing up for the “Hollywood meets Wallace” walking tour. The one-hour tour will begin at 4 p.m. Friday, August 12, from the Registration Area downtown. Cost is $5 per person. (Tour limited to 20 people.) Local history buff Mike Feiler will lead participants on an easy walk through the downtown, pointing out surviving reminders of the devastating forest fire that burned more than half of the city over a century ago. He will also talk about the two movies – “Heaven’s Gate” and “Dante’s Peak” - that were filmed in Wallace. A Dante’s Peak buff himself, Feiler will show some of his personal movie memorabilia as he points out major filming sites, including the “mine shaft” where Linda Hamilton and Pierce Brosnan survived the exploding volcano, the church that collapsed, the fake interstate, and more. One lucky tour participant will win an authentic Dante’s Peak lobby poster.
  • COME ONE, COME ALL! The Historic Wallace Accordion Festival parade will be at 9AM on Saturday, August 13th to help kick off a full day of Accordion Festival activities! The parade will be led by many accordion players, but will include any groups and individuals that would like to participate. Everyone is welcome to join! Line up is at 8:30AM in front of the Wallace Elks Lodge. Questions? Ask Anita at Price Tag Antiques (208) 556-1500 or Diane at Wallace Chamber (208) 753-7151.
  • YOU, TOO, CAN POLKA! For only $5, you can learn to polka dance. Come to the Wallace Inn @ 100 Front Street at 10AM on Saturday August 13, and Silver Valley dance instructor Joni Damiano Bartel will teach you the polka!
  • Vendors will be music-related companies who will be located inside Cam's & Rullman buildings.
  • After concert jamming sessions will start at 8PM on Friday & Saturday at downtown establishments. The locations will be: 1313 Club, City Limits Pub/Wallace RV Park, Jameson Inn, Red Light Garage, Smokehouse BBQ, Wallace Inn.

Contact director@wallaceidahochamber.com for the latest information.
(208) 753-7151
Wallace Chamber
15 - 16 1910 Fire Commemoration Film Festival
click to open letter-sized PDF poster for the 1910 Fire Commemoration Film Festival in Wallace Idaho
(208) 752-8871
Sixth Street Theater
19 - 20 Huckleberry Heritage Festival, August 19 - 20, 2011

Huckleberry Festival 2011 in Wallace

  • Craft and food Vendors
    • Friday 11 AM to 8 PM
    • Saturday 10 AM to 8 Pm
  • Great Kid Activities
  • Live Music
  • Huckleberry Hound & sheriff Campaigns
  • Huckleberry Bake-Off

Wallace Chamber's Booth Registration and Information Form.

(208) 753-7151
20 Wallace Rotary's Huckleberry Pancake Breakfast (208) 753-7151
20 5K Huckleberry Run (208) 753-7151

3 - 5 Under the Freeway Flea Market logo
seventh annual
Under the Freeway Flea Market
click image to open letter size pdf poster
(208) 753-0591
Historic Wallace Preservation Society


click to open 1000 pixel wide watercolor in a separate window Grand Opening of the new exhibit of "Sacred Encounters: Father DeSmet and the Indians of the Rocky Mountain West"
at the Coeur d'Alene's Old Mission State Park
10:00 AM

Click to see 1000 pixel wide image of this watercolor by Nicholas Point, S.J., 1842, De Smet Collection, Washington State University Library, MASC, in a separate window.

(208) 682-3814
Kathleen Durfee
Park Manager
20, 21 click for information on Silver Summit 2011 Silver Summit 2011
9th Annual International Conference on Silver Investment.

The world's premiere Silver Investment Conference began in 2003 with a focus on the silver mines in northern Idaho, and their central place within the international silver mining industry. The early meetings held in Coeur d'Alene, with field trips into the Silver Valley, led to the discovery of the Center of the Universe in downtown Wallace. Since then, the Conference has grown to include all aspects of the international silver market.

In 2011, "the Silver Summit is hailed as the world's most comprehensive and personable resource investment conference. It's held every October at the historic Davenport Hotel in Spokane, Washington, uniting silver producers and investors for two days of serious conversation, "hand-on" exposure to silver mining and great fun. The Silver Summit is proudly affiliated with Cambridge House International, the premier forum for natural resource producers and investors."

(208) 556-1621
22 click to open letter size PDF poster for the 2011 Wallace Oktoberfest Celebration and Chamber of Commerce Fundraiser in a separate window Wallace Oktoberfest Celebration and Chamber of Commerce Fundraiser
Funds raised through this action are used for maintaining the Chamber Office and Visitor Center.
Admission is $15 and includes your auction bidding paddle, entertainment by comedian Art Krug, food and casino "money." In the spirit of Halloween, prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.
(208) 753-7151

4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 Sixth Street Theater, 28th Fall Season 28th Fall Season
November 4 - 20, 2011
Back Home on the Grange
Country Music Comedy Review to Find The Best of the Best
Written by Joy Persoon
Directed by Joy Persoon
(208) 752-8871
Sixth Street Theater
5, 6 Arts & Crafts Fair in Osburn
crafts, lunch, music, drawings, demonstrations
(208) 556-0146
Silver Hills Elementary


Wallace Yuletide Celebration

This year's Christmas ornament features another of our historic buildings, the Coeur d'Alene Hardware Building. Originally called the Holley, Mason, Marks and Company, it was the first brick building to be built after the 1890 fire destroyed six-year old wooden Wallace. The Great Fire of 1910 spared this and many other brick buildings in Wallace. Now it is home to Price Tag Antiques.

click to view higher resolution image in separate window

    Ornaments may be purchased for $8.48 (tax included) at
  • the Chamber office
  • Idaho Silver Shop
  • A Hint of Whimsy
  • Price Tag Antiques

If you would like to reserve yours for your collection or are looking for any previous ornaments, please call Rayma at 556-1171 (Idaho Silver Shop).

To purchase this year's cobalt blue long-sleeve T-shirt, or to see a comprehensive list of holiday events, go to Wallace Yuletide Lighting Festival 2011.

(208) 753-7151
Wallace Chamber

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