Posted: Jul 30, 2013 9:20 PM by MTN News
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS - This year's third annual Red Ants Pants Music Festival attracted a record crowd of 10,500 concert-goers to the small ranching community of White Sulphur Springs this past weekend.
Concert goers listened to 15 performers on the main stage, along with 13 side stage bands.
Volunteers from across the United States, as well as from Mozambique, Canada and Switzerland chipped in to help out at the Festival,while many of the concert-goers were from Montana and surrounding states, a few came from as far as Europe and Asia.
The Doris Cafe on Main Street reported its best day in 35 years on Friday, and all four hotels in White Sulphur were booked solid for the entire weekend.
The Bair Museum in Martinsdale, which is more than 30 miles outside of White Sulphur Springs, nearly doubled its average attendance on Sunday.
George & Sharon Mongar, who own Grandma's Antiques & Collectibles, said they had the biggest day of the year during the festival.
Perhaps most impressive is that over the three-day outdoor music festival, there were no law enforcement incidents.
Side stage performers competed for the chance to move to the main stage next year.
The Hasslers, a five piece folk-rock outfit based in Missoula "playing hard-hittin' MT folk rock" won the side-stage competition and will be playing the main stage for the 2014 Red Ants Pants Music Festival set for next July 24th-27th.
The Montana Beard & Mustache State Finals drew 30 competitors in four categories.
The winners were: Vinnie Contreras - Full Beard Winner (Martin City, MT); Harlan Olsen - Freestyle Beard Winner (Bozeman, MT);Steve Schwartz - Moustache Winner; Harry Hollmen - Partial Beard Winner
Jess Carroll and Anne Rickbeil, both Red Lodge Mountain employees, sawed their way to a three-peat win in the crosscut competition.
The proceeds from the concert benefit the Red Ants Pants Foundation, a nonprofit organization in support of women's leadership, working farms and ranches, and rural communities.
The festival, which is in its third year, is organized by the Red Ants Pants Foundation, in conjunction with Red Ants Pants, the White Sulphur Springs based company dedicated to making work wear for women.