Miles City Maltfest draws a large crowd

The second annual Miles City Maltfest, held Saturday afternoon and evening, was attended by more than 600 people, according to Terri Newby, a member of the event’s board.

“Attendance was good, the weather was perfect and the music was fantastic,” said Newby.

She added that Meadowlark Brewery from Sidney won the People’s Choice award for its Peach Wheat beer.

This year’s Miles City Maltfest was held in Connors Stadium at the Denton Sports Complex. The purpose of the event is to improve the local social environment and give back to the community. Miles City Maltest is a 501(c)(3) non-profit group. 

Newby said that after the bills are paid and the paperwork is finished, the proceeds from this year’s Maltfest will go to the new library at Jefferson Elementary School.

“The board is already planning the third annual Miles City Maltfest,” said Newby.  “We’re planning to make it bigger and better than this year.”

Ten breweries from Montana and Wyoming (one of which partnered with a Colorado brewery) had samples available for tasting throughout the afternoon and early evening. Kangaroo Rentals provided three bounce houses to entertain the younger crowd attending the festivities. Music was by local band members Jake Elwood and Grady Johnson from Buffalo Charlie and Gary Lehman and Landa Uffleman of Exit 53, during the late afternoon. Road Runner Catering of Miles City and Smokin’ Oakies of Edmond, Okla., provided concessions for the event. 

The evening concert featured Jason Boland & The Stragglers from Texas. The Last Revel from Minnesota was the opening act.

“We want to thank everyone who attended this year’s Maltfest and all of our sponsors,” Newby added. “We really appreciate the support we receive from Miles City’s residents and merchants.”

In addition to Newby, members of the Miles City Maltfest Board are Jeff Williams, president; Stacy Klippenstein, Klista Roberts and Sydney Tharp.

For more information about the Maltfest, visit milescitymaltfest.com.