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Ronan Harvest Festival returns Sept. 18 with new attractions

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RONAN — Come COVID, masks or inclement weather, the Ronan Harvest Festival promises fun, food and music for Saturday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the lawn south of Glacier Bank.

The Ronan Area Chamber of Commerce kicks off the Harvest Festival with their annual Hay Bale Contest. Area businesses compete for the best decorated hay bale. This year’s theme is the 1980s. Residents can vote for their favorite design via MailChimp or in person at Saturday’s Harvest Festival. Thanks go to Jack and Susan Lake for allowing the use of the hay bales, which due to a hay shortage, will be returned and used as feed. (No paint spraying on hay allowed.)

A vendor market full of fall treasures will keep attendees busy searching for unique bargains.  Early vendor registration is $50 and at the door is $60. Vendor application forms can be found at Prospective vendors can call 406-270-5302 or visit: for additional information. 

Kids’ games, a petting zoo, food, drinks and music promise to make a full day of Harvest Festival family fun. At least two new attractions will add extra excitement to this year’s event. A Corn Hole Tournament will be held with first, second and third place winners walking away with cash prizes. Call Christy at 406-260-8072 to sign up to play. Tourney proceeds will be donated to the Ronan Chamber. In addition, festival-goers may purchase a beer from Ronan Brewery’s on-site keg. Festival organizer, Lacy Cates, said that even though the Dutch oven cook -off had to be cancelled, festival goers can count on additional surprise activities during this year’s event. 


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