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Montana Folk Festival attracting more out-of-state guests

Montana Folk Festival
Posted at 2:06 PM, Nov 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-08 16:06:04-05

The annual Montana Folk Festival in Butte appears to be bringing in more visitors from out of state.

Organizers of the festival say about 65% of the attendees were from somewhere outside Montana. This is good news because out-of-state visitors tend to spend more money.

“They have to rent rooms, they have to buy gas, they have to buy dinner. You know, it's just a bigger result from the tourism dollar if people are coming from out of state,” said festival organizer George Everett.

Previous festivals report about 25% of visitors came from out of state. Organizers say the reason for the rise in the number of out-of-state guests is a broader marketing campaign.

The festival will return again next summer and runs from July 10 until July 12.