An annual scavenger hunt/litter pick-up initiative for Missoula!!!


Dates TBD for 2022

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Want to become one of our Gnomefest artists?
Do you work with clay or other 3d mediums? Help us make Gnomes that will be hidden in our next scavenger hunt! Right now we are looking for 25 artists to make 15 - 25 Gnomes for spring 2022. Are you interested?

What is GnomeFest?

GnomeFest was originally a program at a summer camp in Lake Como, Pennsylvania. One of our worker owners, Drew Holman, Worked at that camp for 5 summers and eventually became the head instructor of the Pottery Program. He took the existing GnomeFest, which was nothing more than the kids who loved pottery making gnome inspired projects and transformed it into an activity that every camper could get excited about. And they did! It went viral! Drew, with the help of those pottery kids, made hundreds of ceramic gnomes that would be hidden all over the camp. If you found one, you could keep it! Or, you could hide it again and know someone else would get to experience the joy of having that same experience. Some of the gnomes had indicators that it was a prize gnome! If someone found one of the prize gnomes, they got to claim Gnome inspired hand made ceramic wares made by the staff of the pottery studio. In addition to that, cabins got "gnome points" for banning together to pick up litter around the camp property. The camp went from having candy wrappers all over the place to being prestine within a week!

It Inspired social responsibility and a spirit of kindness among the campers!  This is what we aim to do bring to Missoula and the surrounding area. We need this mindset now more than ever! We will be hiding these gnomes at every trail system, city parks, and many Missoula Hangouts.

It's our way of giving back to our community. We wanted to create an activity that is open air and family friendly but all ages could get excited about. We all need a chance to play to let our inner child have that outlet for expression. It's our gift to our community.


We are looking forward to watching the adventures that unfold! Make sure to tag us in your social media posts and use #gnomefestmissoula to link up with other gnomefest adventurers!   There will be prizes for finding specific gnomes and for gathering sets of gnomes that will be hidden in separate places! Details are below.

The mission of GnomeFest is in alignment with how we do business. Our hand crafted Kombucha is bottled in reused glass that we get from Bayern Brewery. We are the only kombucha company in the country that does this, and we are proud of it!!! We never wanted to bring our product to the market in a single use package and because of Bayern Brewing, that became a reality. We are dedicated to being as sustainable as possible. This means never becoming a national brand and focusing our sales on local sustainable markets. We are grateful for every bottle we keep out of the landfill and cycling from our craft brewery to your favorite grocery store and back again. Learn more about this program here!

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Check out the GnomeFest Soundtrack!


We are hiding over 1350 items to be found during this first annual Gnomefest event! These items will include handmade gnome figurines as well as what we call palm stones. Theses items are pictured below

This symbol of the spiral centered in the palm is one that shows up all over the world in many different cultures. The spiral is used to infer the movement of energy. When the spiral is placed within a hand shape, it is believed to be emitting energy and is called a Shaman's Hand or Healer's Hand. This symbol shows up in both ancient Celtic traditions as well as native cultures of North and South America. The hand with a spiral on the palm is now most often seen as a symbol of reiki, or energy healing. [source]


Our intention is to offer a remembrance that we are all in this together in this wacky time of a global pandemic. We have all been through a lot over the past year and we hope these palm stones will be a source of support for anyone that finds one! We honor and hold space for all cultures that have used the symbols of spirals and hands and wish these stones to be a source that unifies us in a time where it's so easy to become divided. With much love - the Brew Crew

Gnomefest Community Guidelines and Prize accepting procedure

  • Participants are encouraged to pick up litter found along the trails or parks while they are out looking for Gnomefest items -BECOME AN EARTH KEEPER

  • Please dispose of any litter that is collected through your home garbage/recycling services.

  • Anyone that tags us in a social media post of people participating in Gnomefest litter pick-up by using #gnomefestmissoula and @backtothemother can claim a free bottle of kombucha at our farmer's market booth.

  • Participants can keep any Gnome or palm stone that they find, but please don't take more than is fair. If you find more than a few items we are encouraging you to find new places to hide them so that you can also enjoy the fun of bringing joy to others!

  • Some Gnomes will be marked as prize gnomes and will be holding mushrooms or other items that will be highlighted with real Gold! - Turn these items in or show them to us at the Farmers Market to claim and pick out your prize!

  • A list and Pictures of prizes available will be posted below on this site page as well as our Instagram @backtothemother

  • Some gnomes will be attached to cryptocurrency-based offerings. Anyone that finds a gnome holding a golden coin should reach out to to make arrangements to accept crypto-specific prizes.

  • Some Gnomes will be a part of sets (outlined below). if these sets are completed by either individual or by groups of individuals they can tag us in a picture (@backtothemother) of the completed set on social media by using #gnomefestmissoula. Participants that complete this task will earn a full 6 pack for each person involved in completing the set (one participant per gnome in the set).

  • Prizes can be picked up at our local farmer's market booth at the Clark Fork Market.

  • updates on the event can be found on our Instagram account story and feed (@backtothemother).

  • Not sure if a gnome you found is a prize gnome or not? bring it by our farmers market booth and find out!!!

List of Prizes!

  • 16 oz of Yerba Mate from Yerba Montana

  • Yerba Montana T-Shirt

  • An Annual Membership to MUD's Tool Library

  • Various values worth of Bitcoin. Up to $100 (if you find the gnome holding a bitcoin! There are 3 out there!!!)

  • Various values worth of Etherium. Up to $100 (if you find the gnome holding an Etherium Token! There are 3 out there!!!)

  • A 6-month subscription to Soil Cycle's Composting Services

  • A branded Soil Cycle Hat

  • Hand made ocarinas Created by Drew Holman

  • Back to the Mother T-Shirts

  • 6 packs of our Kombucha

  • A troy ounce of silver!

***Crypto and silver prizes have been donated by a generous friend of the business and will remain anonymous to the public***

Prize Gallery

Prize Gnome Gallery -These gnomes win prizes!-

Sets require completing for 6-pack prizes

The GnomeFest Map

The Map will continue to be updated as more Gnomes and Items are hidden over the next few weeks!!!

Where to look for gnomes!?!?