Bountiful Montana Harvest Celebrations -- Missouri River Country Communities Celebrate Harvest and Fall Season

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2010 brought new agricultural challenges and rewards to the communities of Montana’s Missouri River Country. After wrapping up another growing season, each community in Missouri River Country will kick it up a notch and celebrate the bountiful harvests that will soon be collected.

Long summers of hard work are common to everyone in Missouri River Country. That hard work and dedication pay off each fall once the crops have been successfully harvested. Local communities each host their own celebrations in honor of this magnificent feat. Visitors are invited to join in the revelries. Each community comes together in a fun and distinctive way, but all share the guarantee of good food, plenty of activities and a weekend of spirit and pride you can’t find any where else.

Harvest Celebrations in Montana’s Missouri River Country:

  • MonDak Harvest Fest is held August 28 in Sidney. There’s a Shine & Show Car Show in the afternoon, followed by a barbeque rib cook-off. Then it’s time for the tractor and pickup pull. $2,000 in prizes will be awarded across several categories. Finish off a day of fun with a dance featuring Shot Gun Creek.
  • Annual Saco Fun Days are the weekend of September 3 through 5. This fun-filled weekend traces its history back to the early 60s. Friday night begins with a potluck pork barbeque followed by music and dancing. Saturday features a free beef barbeque and parade. There will also be an arts and crafts show, pie social, kids games and mudbog. Sunday winds down the weekend with a softball tournament.
  • Oktoberfest in Glasgow on September 11 begins with a pancake breakfast. There are also games including contests for pumpkin carving and pie and hot dog eating, along with outhouse races and tug of war. Make sure to stop by the farmer’s market, beer gardens and jam session with the Saskatoon Police Pipe Band.
  • Town and Country Day is hosted by the Circle community on September 18. The day kicks off with a fun-run followed by free breakfast and a parade. Next up is a farmer’s market, kids games, football and volleyball. End the evening with a free barbeque and dance.
  • Northeast Montana Threshing Bee and Antique Show is September 25 through 26 in Culbertson. This weekend of fun includes threshing bundles, sawing logs, parade of old tractors and machinery. There will also be a small engine display, shingle saw and lumber planer. Top it all off with a flea market, car show and free barbeque.

Missouri River Country offers visitors a chance to celebrate with the locals and enjoy festivities that celebrate the area’s historical past and present. Welcoming smiles and warms greetings await you. You’ll create your own memories to last a lifetime. And, don’t forget, these events are free to the public!

For more information on Montana’s Missouri River Country and a complete listing of activities, please visit missouririver.visitmt.com.

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