Get ready to celebrate 31 years of community, arts and entertainment at this year’s Country Fair and Arts Festival in Big Sky, Saturday, July 30. This annual community affair and Chamber of Commerce fundraiser sets the bar for summer fun. Round up your friends, neighbors, colleagues or family, and join the 5k, the parade, or just come out and visit nearly 50 local and regional artists and craftsmen.

Three great musical acts are lined up to play the Town Center pavilion stage from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Local bluegrass duo Bluebird Sky will kick off the day with acoustic guitar and mandolin. Montana born musician Chase McBride will follow, playing as part of a soulful funky duo. Boulder, Colorado-based Paperbird rounds out the day, with an indie-pop bluegrass sound that mixes banjo, trombone, and a host of other instruments in their eight-piece band.

As always, the day is shared with a bake sale at the historic Crail Ranch and with “crazy days” at the Meadow Village Center.

The 5k is the first kickoff event of the day, with registration at 8 a.m. in the Big Sky Park, and ready, set, go! at 8:30 am.

While no pre-registration is needed for the parade, we’d love to hear from you if you plan to participate, and we hope spectators will join us along the traditional route from the Big Sky Park to the Town Center. This year’s Grand Marshal will be our Community Award winners: Outlaw Partners and The Arts Council of Big Sky. Come on out and show them your support!

Peruse the vendors’ art and handmade items, take in some local cuisine or a cold beverage, sit in the grass and enjoy the music, run in the 5k, or bring the family and let the kids go crazy with arts and activities. We hope to see you at this year’s festival to celebrate the community tradition of arts and entertainment, all within a stone’s throw of Yellowstone National Park. For more information, or to volunteer (we still need LOTS of help!) please call 995-3000.

– Marne Hayes, Big Sky Chamber of Commerce