TWIN BRIDGES – As the cold winds of autumn crept across the landscape last week members of the Twin Bridges community gathered Friday afternoon to enjoy each others smiling faces and warm personalities during the 2012 Twin Bridges Fall Festival.
The Beaverhead River drifted quietly in the background of the Ruby Valley National Bank parking lot as music played and children ran about bundled up in warm clothes for the first time this season. The kids enjoyed a sweet and sugary twist on bobbing for apples, using a plate of whipped cream instead of a bucket of water, and got an early jump on the fall season by painting pumpkins.
The event was a fundraiser for the Twin Bridges Community Association, and members volunteered to help serve up delicious grilled bratwurst, hot dogs and ice-cold refreshments. The money collected will help to put on other community events throughout the year, like the Christmas Stroll coming up in December, said Bill Kinoshita, owner of The Old Hotel.
“Everybody tries to pitch in and do a little something,” Kinoshita said of the TBCA’s fundraising efforts, adding that it’s a good time of year for bringing people together with the holidays right around the corner.
“Summer starts kind of winding down, its nice to reconnect with everybody,” he said.
Sponsors for this year’s event included 3 Rivers Communications, Ruby Valley National Bank and The Shack. Barbecue items were donated by Montana’s Best Meats in Whitehall and pumpkins came from the Main Street Market in Twin Bridges.
The TBCA is a non-profit organization that “strives to enhance the lives of people who call Twin Bridges ‘home’ as well as those who visit, through beautification efforts, promoting our amenities, planning and supporting healthy events and activities that provide economic growth and entertainment for the community,” according to their Facebook website.
This years’ Fall Festival was the perfect setting to catch up with friends and neighbors before heading out to a nearby football game under the Friday night lights.
“This year we didn’t have quite as many kids activities as we normally do, but its always fun to see the kids out there painting and running around and having a good time,” said Kinoshita. “Fall is such a beautiful time here in Montana, you know?”