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Montana Folk Festival July 13-15

$14,240 of $50,000 goal

Raised by 55 people in 6 months
After presenting last July what many have said was the best festival we have produced in a decade, the Montana Folk Festival will return to Southwest Montana next July 13-15  and we invite you to see this event as worthy of your support as we gear up to properly prepare and paint the town for another presentation of what is becoming Montana's premier summer outdoor arts event.

            Over the past decade, the economic impact in Butte and the surrounding trade area has been estimated at about $25 for every dollar spent on the festival that is a statewide event held in Butte. While the festival draws visitors to Butte and Montana from far and wide and is an important economic engine, it also remains a major cultural event and in the vicinity of Butte a hope engine as well.  

            Once again we are planning for six stages presenting new music and dance performances and moderated talk/demonstration sessions, a participatory dance area, a Family Area, a Montana Folklife Area, regional and ethnic foods, and a Montana Traditons arts market and the renowned First Peoples’ Market that features the works of Montana’s Native American Indian artists. 

            Thank you for considering your support.   The event is organized by Mainstreet Uptown Butte -- www.mainstreetbutte.org -- a 501 c 3 non-profit organization and any contribution large or small is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law and we will get a letter to that effect on request.

         Also, for the latest details and to see the value of your support in action, please stop by    www.montanafolkfestival.com or our facebook page at www.facebook.com/mtfolkfest where the latest details will be posted as they develop. 

     We hope that you will help us in this adventure which is now less than seven months away.  We have to raise nearly $650,000 to defray the expenses of the event and continue to offer all performances and workshops free of admission as we have for the past decade.  We will be working hard to write grant proposals and seek corporate sponsorships, but a lot of the support will have to come from individual contributions from supporters like you who want to see this festival continue for years to come.
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With one month to go until the 2018 Montana Folk Festival on July 13, it is, as they say in Butte, all downhill from here.

Contrary to the persistent rumor that the festival has been cancelled (Evel Knevel Days will not be held this year and the Original Festival in September has been put on hold) the 2018 Montana Folk Festival is on track and moving ahead at full steam and will be held in Butte July 13, 14 and 15. Many details are now available at our web site -- http://www,montanafolkfestival.com.

You can find details about the food vendors coming at http://montanafolkfestival.com/…/the-festi…/food-vendors.php

You can see Native artists who will be selling their work at --
http://montanafolkfestival.com/…/the…/first-peoplesrsquo.php

And you can see other artists in the Montana Traditions Arts market -- http://montanafolkfestival.com/…/the…/montana-traditions.php

And of course the stage performers are profiled there as well -- http://montanafolkfestival.com/…/the-fe…/2018-performers.php

Look for similar details to be inserted in daily newspapers around the state when the official program guide will be available far and wide before the end of June in Lee newspaper dailies in major cities across Montana, the Flathead Beacon, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and the Belgrade News.
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With little more than a month until the 2018 Montana Folk Festival, many of the details are being decided and set in motion for the festival. Many of these can be found on the web site www.montanafolkfestival.com.

Food vendors have been selected, the two art markets are full, and folklife demonstrators are preparing to help interpret the theme in the Montana Folklife Area.

The performance schedule has been set and is on the web site now and attendees can plan their visit to see and enjoy as much as possible.

As we hurtle toward our deadline in July we are only lagging behind in our fundraising goals to raise enough to pay the bills that have been coming in for a while now and will continue to come in as we get closer.

If you know someone who can help ensure that we will be able to pay the bills when the dust settles, please let them know about these efforts and encourage them to help keep the festival free for this year and for years to come.

Thank you.




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Look for announcements this week that include the remaining performers in the lineup, food vendors who will be in the food courts, artists in the First Peoples Arts Market and the artists in the Montana Traditions Arts Market. Check in at our Facebook page at mtfolkfest or on our web site at www.montanafolkfestival.com.

We are picking up speed as we hurtle toward July and many of the details are getting the attention they deserve.

Many thanks to all who have stepped forward already as sponsors and supporters and if you know someone who has the means to help, please let them know about the opportunity to contribute toward keeping the festival free of admission for everyone in this year and for years to come.

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Thanks to the support we have received so far, with less than three months until the first festival sound checks we have booked the performers for this year;s festival and we are close to announcing the final performers in the lineup. If you have missed the previous announcements, here is where you can see who is coming to grace the six performance stages so far -- http://montanafolkfestival.com/pages/the-festival/2018-performers.php

We are making progress in inviting demonstrators to help interpret our theme for the Montana Folklife Area -- Digging Montana's Buried Beauty: How Gems and Minerals Have Made the Treasure State Shine, thanks to the help of the World Museum of Mining -- www.miningmuseum.org -- to curate that area as well as the Family Area with activities and displays that will shine as bright as the performers on stage.

We have selected more than 30 food vendors who will be preparing great ethnic cuisine in two big food courts and we will be announcing their menus soon, too.

We plan to make a few changes in the transportation plan to make it easier to ride on a bus up the Hill and to get to where you want to go without a major workout.

For the latest details as they develop, check our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mtfolkfest ro our web site www.montanafolkfestival.com.

We are getting closer, and thanks to the generous support of everyone, we will be ready when you arrive -- July 13-15 in Butte, Montana!

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