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Western Montana Fair food: Fill up for a good cause!

The money adds up for local non-profits
Posted at 9:32 AM, Aug 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-09 16:34:45-04

MISSOULA — The Western Montana Fair offers a wide variety of food for everyone to enjoy -- from the fry bread to fresh lemonade.

While some of the fair food isn’t the most healthy -- the money you spend goes towards some really good causes.

"Through the ability of just purchasing a simple piece of fry bread you kind of know your support is going to something that affects the community at large," said Ivan MacDonald with the Missoula Urban Indian Health Center.

The Indian taco stand is one of those vendors helping a good cause with food sale proceeds going to help the families of missing or murdered indigenous women.

"The sales of the Indian taco booth will help fund part of that. A lot of it is just giving families that support that they need when they are going through something like this," MacDonald explained. "You know, Jermain Charlo’s family will be one of the recipients of the fundraising and she went missing here in Missoula -- right on Orange Street.

"So again, as much as it's kind of this awareness and raising money it really is trying to support families who are suffering through this and kind of trying to survive," he added.

The fair offers a great opportunity for organizations to raise some money -- and nearly all of the vendors must contribute something back to local organizations.

"The Western Montana Fair generates about $500,000 in gross sales per year for local nonprofits. Some of the food vendors themselves are the non-profits and others...we have a requirement even if it's a for profit food vendor they have to donate at least 3% of their sales to a local cause," Fair director Tom Aldrich said.

Click here to check out the local food vendors that area at the Western Montana Fair.