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River City Roots Festival returns to Missoula

Posted at 10:22 AM, Aug 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 16:25:01-04

MISSOULA — The annual River City Roots Festival is in its 14th year here in Missoula and they have made some changes to the music selection.

"We should do this every weekend, this is great," said Jeff Magvero who works at Runner's Edge and ran in the 4K at the River City Roots Festival on Saturday. "It's just so fun, so many people out and about, can't complain."

Music, art and food fill the streets of downtown Missoula just in time to say goodbye to summer.

"Yes we're very happy to be here," said Kornutopia owmer Jana Jackson, who has sold kettle corn around Missoula for years.

Now they own a store, but Jackson says festivals are where they like to be, "we've done it every year since it's inception, its just a wonderful event," Jackson told MTN News.

More than 30 artists have exhibits in the fine arts show, and this year organizers wanted to include more alternative artists here in the streets. Eighteen those are local artists. There's also one is from Mississippi -- and the rest are from around Montana.

"That's part of what makes it exciting. There's lots for the kids to do, there's music for them-run around and make trouble at the same time," said Brent Dehring who sells handmade children's clothes and headbands, with his family."

Magavero says this was his first time at River City Roots -- and the food was his favorite part. "I'm loving this falafel wrap, it's really good."

The event draws more than 15,000 people to the downtown area. Photography, ceramics, and glass art were among this year's for sale items. Destination Missoula coordinates all the events and headliners.