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By Seaborn Larson
Great Falls Tribune 

Summer Festivals Worth Weight Shouldered by Civic Groups

The Montana Gap


February 1, 2018

Tom Frownfelder

Kids scramble for candy on Main Street in Choteau during the Fourth of July parade.

Many small rural communities in north-central Montana — like Dutton, Conrad and Choteau — put on summer festivals that raise funds for a variety of community programs. As the population in these small towns continues to shrink, organizers are coaxing along an evolution in the way these events are run to pump more If there were a way to distill the identity of these small towns into one weekend, the summer festivals along the Rocky Mountain Front would be that manifestation. Imagine rodeos and country music, quilt shows and beer gardens, fun runs and, formerly, demolition derbies.


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