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Folk Festival sets theme, dates for 2018

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(Press Release) - The2018 Montana Folk Festival has selected its theme to interpret in the Montana Folklife Area.

"Each year, we focus on a theme that highlights an important aspect of Montana's heritage.For 2018, that theme is set -- "Digging Montana's Buried Beauty: How Gems and Minerals Have Made the Treasure State Shine," said George Everett, Festival Director.

This theme will guide the activities, displays and demonstrations of the popular Montana Folklife Area and inform the activities in the Family Area that will include demonstrations and displays by a variety of Montanans who work with and around the region's gems and minerals.

"The draw to Montana for many of its earliest settlers was the sparkle of precious metals like gold and silver but those who came soon learned that the land offered up equally fabulous wealth in gems and minerals -- sapphires, rubies, agates, talc, and a wide variety of precious gems and stones that allowed many to make a living."

This year the Folklife Area and Family Areas will be curated and coordinated by the World Museum of Mining, Butte's premier tourist attraction.

"Attendees to the Montana Folk Festival this July can expect to see a variety of exhibits, demonstrations that interpret the vocations and avocations associated with the pursuit of the great wealth in what is known, for good reason, as the Treasure State and gave Butte the well-deserved nickname the Richest Hill on Earth."

"Meanwhile, musical performers on multiple stages will continue to represent musical traditions from around the world that have contributed to the heritage of our nation on the other major stages," Everett added."The quality and excitement that fans have come to expect at the festival and the rich variety of the performers will continue. They should plan to come expecting to be amazed -- and bring their dancing shoes."

The festival remains free of admission to all, so fundraising efforts are underway and sponsors are still being sought, including a major challenge grant in play for Montana businesses to match a major grant from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation up to $100,000.

Any business or individual interested in sponsorship opportunities or contributing in any way to ensure that the festival continues in coming years can visit the festival website for more information (www.montanafolkfestival.com) or they can send tax-deductible contributions large and small to Montana Folk Festival, P.O. Box 696, Butte, MT59703 or through a festival Gofundme.com campaign page at www.gofundme.com/2018MFF.