In 1989, Idaho Governor Andrus made a challenge to towns in Idaho to develop a celebration of statehood for 1990. Yellow Pine took on the challenge by creating the Harmonica Contest. Historically, the harmonica was carried by miners to their back woods claims to provide entertainment.
The festival was held the first weekend in August 1990. Initially the festival was supposed to be held one year. The popularity of this unique gathering has kept it going since. This event helped Yellow Pine create a recreation-based economy to support the area.
Yellow Pine is a small community located in the backcountry of Valley County, Idaho. This unincorporated village has an active history dating back to 1900. It is a great place for new, outdoor experiences and making friends. Visitors can absorb the old-timey, backwoods feel of the village while enjoying some modern conveniences.
Yellow Pine is accessible all year to satisfy all kinds of outdoor enthusiasts and recreationalists. In addition to the harmonica festival, hosted events occur throughout the year with food, fuel, and lodging being available.
The festival offers a diverse array of events throughout the weekend:
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