In late July there’s something really special that happens in the Montana ranching community of White Sulphur Springs. At theRed Ants Pants Music Festival, folks from far and wide gather in a cow pasture for four nights and three days of music, community and awe-inspiring sunsets. This year, Wynonna and The Big Noise, The Mavericks, The Lone Bellow, Corb Lund, Hayes Carll, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Dar Williams and many more will take to the Red Ants Pants MusicFestival stage.
In the last five years, outstanding musical talent such as The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard and Keb’ Mo’ have played the White Sulphur stage. In between sets, festival goers can enjoy agriculture and traditional work skills demonstrations, try their hand at the cross-cut saw competition and enjoy the crowd favorite Montana Beard & Moustache State Championships.
One memorable plus for visitors is that addition to world class music on stage, campers never know when someone famous might stop by for an impromptu hootenanny.
The festival is so much more than good folks getting together to enjoy great music. A portion of the proceeds from the festival go to the Red Ants Pants Foundation, which has given more than $65,000 to people and projects that embody its mission of fostering self-reliance, women’s leadership and promoting our working family farms and ranches.
The festival and the foundation have injected millions of dollars to the Montana economy and reinvigorated the rural ranching community of White Sulphur. The founder and producer of the Red Ants Pants Music Festival, Sarah Calhoun, has been invited to the White House twice to speak on behalf of small business owners. As the recipient of multiple national and statewide leadership and business awards, she has never wavered in her dedication to rural communities, small business owners and Made-in-America manufacturing.
July 28th – 31st in White Sulphur Springs. Come connect with good folks and celebrate rural Montana.