Posted: Jul 17, 2012 8:05 PM by Dax VanFossen - KAJ News
Updated: Jul 18, 2012 10:32 AM
SOMERS- One of the Flathead Valley's oldest towns is going to get a little Cajun spice this weekend when the typically quiet Somers hosts the 15th annual Cajun Street Dance on Saturday.
It's an event that promoters hope to be the biggest summer party in the Flathead and while Sliter's Ace Hardware is filled with lumber right now, come Saturday, about 2,000 people will arrive to enjoy Cajun food and zydeco music straight from Louisiana.
"Oh, it's a fun crazy night here in town, everybody's open," said Del's Bar owner Bob Lincoln. "We've been rained on, but never rained out...It's a great time, zydeco music is a happy music."
Event promoter Steve Kelley says this year's band is Lil Brian and the Zydeco Traveler's from New Orleans.
The party's purpose is to help fund the Somers Town Project to preserve some of it's historic structures and artifacts.
"Sliter's came on board, and really opened the door for a bigger and better program, and it's going with the building at the end of rails to trails," Kelley said.
That building will house the S2 Somers train and provide a history of one of the oldest towns in the Flathead Valley.
Sliter's Ace Hardware owner Tom Sliter said Somers was once a company town. "It was a railroad town, the town produced railroad ties for the James Hill railroad that stretched from Chicago to Seattle," he said.
The street dance and several other events are planned to raise money to preserve that deep history. So if you like Cajun music, Cajun food, and dancing in the street, Saturday may be the perfect time to enjoy the summer, in Somers.
Tickets are $20, available at the gate.