By Kelsey Lodge
Missoula Electric Cooperative 

Ovando celebrates 20 years of Old West Christmas Nov. 26


November 25, 2021

Pathfinder photo 2008

Cowboy Claus returns every year to visit with area children about their Christmas wishes. They all get the chance to sit on the saddle, share their Christmas list and get their photo.

OVANDO - They say that the magic of Christmas lives in the hearts of the young and old – a magic that's cultivated over the years from our holiday memories. In the small town of Ovando, Montana, this magic has been gifted to locals and visitors alike for more than two decades. What began in the early-2000's as the Old West Christmas Fest, an event created by local business owners to drum up business for the once sleepy town, has blossomed into an event that draws attendance from the western half of the state.

As soon as plates are cleared from the Thanksgiving table, Ovando's community m...

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