- Poster Contest -

Starts in January each year to create a "keep our community beautiful" awareness in our elementary children.

The artist of the best poster in each grade is given an "art basket" prize funded by First Security Bank.

These posters become the basis of the flyers publicizing Beautification Days.
Posters are judged in March, awards will be given out the end of March.

Childrens art posters, Beautification Days and Thumbs Up flyers will be put up throughout the businesses in town the last week in March.

- Thumbs Up
Awards -

Recognizes the efforts of residents, businesses and institutions in keeping their properties attractive in Thompson Falls.

Each year 3 awards are given out in 3 categories:
residential, business, institution.

Recognition is based on
(a) most improved and/or consistent, continuous effort in upkeep of property.
Nominations are mailed to:
P.O. Box 1208,
Thompson Falls, MT 59873
by the end of May.

Judging will be done with awards to be announced by the middle of June.

Funding for the purchase of the Thumbs Up plaques is generously provided by
First Security Bank, Valley Bank and Whitefish Credit Union.

Examples of Past Poster Contest Entries

Beautification Days 2018
April 12th, April 13th, & April 14th

Thompson Falls is a beautiful place to live and we want to maintain that beauty!

You can help by being a part of Beautification Days. Our objective for this annual event is to both encourage people to "spruce up, clean up, pickup" as well as assist those who are unable to do the work themselves.

Sign Up

Thompson Falls Beautification Days is a community wide collaboration. We hope you will contribute some of your time this weekend to help make Thompson Falls a cleaner and more beautiful place in which to live.

Don't leave the volunteer work to others, it might not get done! Your help is needed and appreciated.

Email: Kathy Conlin at for the volunteer signup sheet - print it out, spread it around to your friends, family, co-workers, any and everyone who can lend a hand!

Download the Beautification Days: Project Work Sheet

A Little Background on Beautification Days:

It all started with a need for a trash can in the front of the library. The library asked the Chamber to help purchase a new garbage can so visitors had a place to toss garbage before entering the library. Like flowers begin to grow and bloom each spring, the idea occurred to a group of Thompson Falls residents, that one garbage receptacle could blossom into something more significant – a whole bouquet of programs that work to clean up and beautify the community, which is what is now known as Thompson Falls Beautification Days.

Now, a few years later, headed up by the Thompson Falls Community Development group, a long list of volunteers, organizations, businesses, government agencies and schools work together to clean up the community. It is no longer all about adding garbage cans to fight litter, but the idea has branched off into many different facets including a focused effort to assist town residents with special needs to keep their yards looking great. Other elements include awards and recognition, school art projects, student volunteerism programs, public service, education, special yearly projects and an overall effort to clean out the cobwebs from winter and haul that junk out of town.

Making the Thompson Falls area sparkle each spring is a community wide effort that needs community wide support. Mark your calendar today, dig out your pruning shears and gardening gloves and sign up for this three day event which takes place April 6-8, 2017.

Town Residents Special Needs Program

Identifies elderly or disabled residents of Thompson Falls who do not have local family who need assistance with yard clean up, pruning, hauling to the refuse site etc. A Project Form needs to be filled out by April 1st. Call Kathy Conlin at the courthouse at 827-6942. A screening group evaluates the equipment needed and arranges manpower to complete the projects.

Recyclables Sites:

The County Transfer Site will be open usual days of Thursday and Saturday (closed on Friday). They will accept at no charge 4 automobile tires per household per day, latex paint, office paper, magazines, phone books, aluminum cans, car batteries, old license plates, newspapers, cardboard, sealed 5# containers of oil, plastics 1 & 2.

There will be a Paint "Swap" area, folks may exchange paint or pick up what they need.

Free Vehicles & Major Appliance Disposal:

For junk vehicle removal call Tina Scott at 827-6961. For free appliance and freon removal call Joe Stout of Appliance Repair at 827-4662.

Mule Pasture:

Trail maintenance and grooming.


The Chamber of Commerce encourages businesses to "spruce up".

Street and Alley Cleanup:

The School superintendent has created a grid of City areas and entrances to town and organizes elementary, junior high and high school and alternative program students to take on this project.


Sponsors & Supporters

Thompson Falls Beautification Days is a community wide collaboration!

Many organizations, sponsors, businesses, government agencies and individuals work to make this weekend successful.

Please stop, visit and say thank you to the following

First Security Bank
Whitefish Credit Union
Valley Bank - T.F.
Thompson Falls Chamber of Commerce
City of Thompson Falls
Sanders County
Clark Fork Valley Elks -
Lodge #2757
Thompson Falls Schools & Alternative Programs
Frisbee Morebella Foundation
4-H Club
Girl Scouts
Bowling Groups
Blackfoot Communications
MSU Extension

Contact Info

Volunteer & Project Coordinator:

Kathy Conlin
Office of Sanders County Commissioners
PO Box 519
Thompson Falls, MT 59873
(406) 827- 6942

Beautification Committee:

Rita Lundgren:
Chair 827-1985, Cell 746-0751

Kathy Conlin:
Resident Request/
Volunteer Co-Ordinator

Robin Hagedorn:
Pre-event Volunteer
List Co-Ordinators

Paul Conn:
Prescreening Resident Projects

Linda Rocheleau:

Examples of
Past Beautification Day City Projects:

Painted the bathrooms at Wild Goose Landing

Cleaned up along Maiden Lane waterfront

Main Street hedge and roses along railroad tracks, weeded & mulched

Replaced town garbage cans

Installed picnic tables in Wild Goose Landing and the Rose Garden

Pruned and designed Rose Garden Park

Designed Fort Thompson Playground and raised funds to pay for it

Repainted town entrance welcome signs

Mule Pasture trail maintenance

Weed removal on old mill site

Pruned trees, edged sidewalk, weeded town sites

Thompson Falls Loop Trail System

Redid museum sign and hung banners