Behind the scenes at Old West Christmas: a look at a beloved event from one of our community's volunteers

By Jean Pocha

OVANDO - "What can we do to get people to stop in Ovando," mused Howard Fly, then owner of the Blackfoot Commercial Company(BCC). During the morning coffee hour at the BCC in early 2000, Fly and others brainstormed activities that would help extend the business season in Ovando.

The day after hunting season ends marks the beginning of a long, quiet period until the spring thaw.

"We wanted something that would give us a boost at the end of the season," said Peggy Fly, Howie's wife.

After some creative thinking, an Old West Christmas Fest came to mind.

Local residents conjured up v...


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