Students’ berry nice idea comes to fruition: Huckleberry now state fruit

Behold the mighty huckleberry.

It’s now Montana’s official state fruit.

Gov. Greg Gianforte signed House Bill 880 into law Wednesday to designate the huckleberry as the official fruit of Montana. It was a result of students at Vaughn Elementary School who pitched him on the need for bill.

Gianforte credited the students for bringing the huckleberry bill to fruition.

“Whether you like them in jam, pancakes, or picked fresh off the bush, huckleberries are a Montana staple,” he said in a news release.

Gov. Greg Gianforte signs House Bill 880, the huckleberry bill, into law on Wednesday as Rep. Lola Sheldon-Galloway, R-Great Falls, and Vaughn Elementary School students cheer. 

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The signing ceremony took place in the Vaughn Elementary School gym, with students, parents and teachers in attendance. The students on the Cascade County campus worked with Rep. Lola Sheldon-Galloway, R-Great Falls, to bring HB 880 before the Legislature.

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