BUTTE- Organizers of the Montana Folk Festival have reason to dance after receiving a generous grant.

“We couldn’t do it without it, it’s fantastic. This is way over, above and beyond what they’ve done in the past,” said Montana Folk Festival organizer George Everett.

The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, in conjunction with Montana Resources, will give $200,000 to each festival over the next three years if the festival can raise $100,000 each year.

“We’re looking for sponsors who are interested in having their businesses showcased on the site and if they do that not only do they get their business showcased at the Montana Folk Festival as a sponsor, we then get to count that towards the match,” Everett said.

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The funding will help ensure this three-day music festival will continue in Butte. It takes about $650,000 to put on the free festival, which has been held in the Mining City since 2008.

“We want to keep it the same quality and the same level of performers and the six stages and all the things that people have become accustomed to and we try to keep it new and different each year,” Everett said.

An important thing for a festival that organizers say attracts tens of thousands of people and is vital to the local economy

This year’s festival is slated for July 13-15.

-John Emeigh reporting for MTN