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16th Annual
Camas Festival

May 27-28, 2016

Weippe Mini Park & Community Hall, Weippe, ID

              Schedule           Vendor Application  Dutch Oven Registration

                 Retreat Walk/Run Application


In earlier days the Weippe area was frequented by the Nez Perce Indians, who enjoyed the summer climate and profitable hunting grounds. They erected lodges, fished, hunted and dug the camas root in the surrounding area. In 1805, Lewis and Clark had their first encounter with the Nez Perce Indians on the Weippe Prairie, not far from the present townsite.

The word Weippe was originally spelled “Oy-ipe” by General Oliver Otis Howard, in his journals during the campaign against the Nez Perce and negotiations with Chief Joseph in 1877. Other spellings included Oy-iap and Wyap-p. Harry Wheeler, Nez Perce historian, believed that Weippe means a "very old place," "oy" means "all" in the Nez Perce language, but no meaning has been found for "iap". The Nez Perce also say it may have something to do with a spring of water or camas ground. The meaning of the name is still greatly debated.

Soon after the Corps of Discovery’s expedition through the region, the fur trading industry came to Idaho. Then gold was discovered in 1860 by E.D. Pierce bringing a rush to the area in 1861. The Homestead Act brought many families to the region and Weippe grew and thrived.

Weippe was incorporated in December of 1964 and is located on the Gold Rush Historic Byway, Idaho Highway 11. The Weippe Prairie is one of eight registered national landmarks in the State of Idaho and is part of the National Lewis & Clark Historic Trail. It is a level meadow fringed by forest, and through it runs Jim Ford’s Creek, named after a pioneer wood dealer from Lewiston. Come visit our Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center at the Weippe Discovery Center. Also visit our neighboring city-Pierce at

Upcoming Events
Camas Festival

16th Annual Camas Festival

May 27 & 28th, 2016

Weippe Mini Park and Community Hall

                Friday - May 27 -

Dutch Oven Cook-Off – Cooks start at 3:00 pm – Mini Park          

Dutch Oven Dinner at 5:00 pm – Community Hall

“Living Through the Fire” Live Show Performance  at 7:00 pm – Community Hall  

Saturday - May 28 - 

7:00 – 10:30 AM – Breakfast Community Hall

8:30 AM - Retreat to Weippe Fun Run/Walk - sign up 7:00am to 8:20am  

11:00 AM  Time Capsule Opening  - Community Hall

11:30 AM   Music in the Park - Wayne Worthern/Logan Colegrove

1:00 PM - “Living Through the Fire” Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater

“On the Road” - Musical Drama reliving the 1910 Fire - Community Hall

2:15 PM – After the Fire/Foraging – Community Hall

Hilltop Museum Activities/Historic Fire Look-Out Calendars

Displays and Exhibits - Throughout Park –

Silent Auction -   9:00am - 3:00pm

Craft and Food Vendors - 9:00am – 4:00pm

Horseshoe Tournament   sign-up 11:00am – play all day

Sponsors:    Pierce Weippe Chamber of Commerce – Clearwater Nat. Forest

                    Weippe Community Club  Idaho Humanities Council                                                                                  

Call - 208-435-4362



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