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Gotta catch ’em – Red Ants will be popping up across rural Montana this summer

Posted at 12:38 PM, May 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-26 14:38:16-04

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS – As part of their ongoing effort to highlight and celebrate rural communities, the Red Ants Pants Music Festival announced Saturday which communities will be hosting giant red ants “hidden” throughout Montana this summer.

The MontANTa contest invites people traveling throughout the state to stop and enjoy the rural communities and neighboring small towns on the road to the Ninth Annual Red Ants Pants Music Festival which will be held July 25th through the 28th in White Sulpher Springs.

As the festival heads into its ninth year, organizers are aiming to spotlight the values and the mission of the Red Ants Pants Foundation. Proceeds from the festival have helped create more than $110,000 in grants to support rural communities, working family farms and ranches, and women’s leadership projects.

Participants who find and snap photos with two of seven giant red ants will have the opportunity to win a VIP prize package.

Keep an eye out for enormous hand-sewn red ants that will be posted on small businesses in the following communities:

  • Harlowton
  • Huntley
  • Lewistown
  • Red Lodge
  • Ringling
  • Thompson Falls
  • Turner

Enter the contest by sending pictures to

Submissions are due by midnight Sunday, July 7 and the winner will be announced the following week.

Click here for the full lineup for this year’s festival.

-Niki Porter reporting for MTN News