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By Andi Bourne

Ovando Named Community of the Year


April 26, 2018

Montana Department of Commerce

Long-time residents and business owners Howie and Peggy Fly, Brand Bar Museum board member Terry Sheppard, school teacher and owner of the Blackfoot Commercial Company and Inn Leigh Ann Valiton, owner of the Blackfoot Angler and Organizer of Frivolous Affairs Kathy Schoendoerfer and owner of Trixi's Antler Saloon Cindy Francis pose with Montana Lieutenant Governor Michael Cooney after accepting their Community of the Year award from the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development April 16 in Big Sky, Mont.

BIG SKY, MONT. - "This is a story about a community coming together to save their town through tourism," wrote Montana Department of Commerce Industry Services & Outreach Bureau Chief Jan Stoddard regarding Ovando being recognized as Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development's 2018 Community of the Year. "It was clear that Ovando's unique community collaboration, no matter the town's size, can have a lasting impact on supporting the travelers who visit Montana and spend $3.4 billion in our towns each year."

Ovando, a town that boasts a population of 50 residents, is the smalles...

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