HardTimes Bluegrass Festival, Hamilton Montana

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HardTimes Bluegrass Festival

The HardTimes Bluegrass Festival is an annual event showcasing bluegrass and gospel musicians from all over the northwest - including local performers from Ravalli and Missoula counties. The festival also boasts a number of featured pioneers in northwest bluegrass. 

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  • Contest Awards for "Best Band" and "Most Character"
  • A late July event
  • Held at the Thomas Ranch in Hamilton MT

Overview: If you happen to be anywhere near Hamilton, Montana, do not miss out on the Hard Times Music Festival. You will find the best Bluegrass Music in the state. Listen to the featured groups from both coasts and also from the Rocky Mountain area. Several professional groups attend the fest making this an event in the valley.

When: Held the 4th weekend of July each year

Where: Thomas Ranch in Hamilton MT

Fees: Kids and Adult ticket pricing for the weekend

Details:  The Hard Times BlueGrass Festival kicks off Friday night and comes to a close by Sunday evening. Bring your friendsm kids and lawn chairs for food, fun, kids bluegrass, and great music under the Big Sky.

Although the campgrounds are provided with running water and restroom facilities, the camping area is rather dry, i.e. there are no water, sewer or electricity hookups and costs $10 for the weekend. Do remember that alcohol and illegal drugs are taboo during the fest days. Pets are welcome but must be on leash at all times.

Featured Activities include 10 Performing Bands, Pioneers in Montana Bluegrass Band Contest Awards for "Best Band" and "Most Character" Kids in Bluegrass Bluegrass Gospel Sunday Morning Lots of Jamming!

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