Posted: Jul 11, 2013 3:41 PM by KXLF
Updated: Jul 11, 2013 4:19 PM
BUTTE - Organizers are in the final preparation stage for the Montana Folk Festival, according to George Everett, lead organizer for the event.
Street closures went into effect Wednesday night in Uptown Butte. The Broadway stage was the last of six stages to be set up Thursday morning.
Volunteers are finishing putting up tents inside the Original Mine Yard. A covering will be placed over the Original stage under the headframe Thursday.
Food vendors have started to arrive and are setting up. Sound technicians will be on site Thursday installing equipment.
Artists will arrive Friday and begin their set up.The Montana Folk Festival organizers campaigned outside of Butte to draw a crowd from around the state, but they haven't forgotten about the locals either.
While one of the festival staff's main goals was to advertise out of town, Mainstreet Uptown Butte Executive Director George Everett encourages Butte and surrounding area residents to come enjoy the festival also.
"This is as much for people of Butte too, so we hope that they will come out and enjoy the festival. They'll be exposed to some fantastic music, dance, great food, art," he said. "It's all going to be happening right here in uptown Butte, so we hope that people will come on out and check it out."
The Montana Folk Festival is free to all. It begins tomorrow and will run through Sunday.
With thousands of people expected to travel to Butte for the festival, free camping is being offered at Butte's Municipal parks, Copper Mountain, the Mountain Con Mine and McGruff Park.
Free RV parking is available on the south side of the Butte Civic Center.
Butte Central Catholic High School is offering its courtyard to travelers. The area can accommodate about 12 tents. The school is charging $25 a night. The facilities indoors will be made available for guests. You can contact the school by calling 782-6761. School officials recommend calling between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Butte-Silver Bow Animal Control will be on site during the Montana Folk Festival.
Officials suggest you leave you dog home in a cool place while you enjoy the festivities.
Do not leave your dog in your vehicle. It may overheat which may cause serious medical issues.
Stray dogs will be kenneled and taken to the shelter.
Only service dogs will be allowed at the event.