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Festival brings gift ideas to MetraPark

Posted at 6:30 PM, Nov 11, 2018
and last updated 2019-07-17 14:51:08-04

It’s another weekend for Christmas shopping and enjoying some festivities.

The 33rd annual Holiday Food and Gift Festival at the MetraPark Expo Center  featured companies from all over Montana and Wyoming.

About 200 vendors brought their locally produced goods.

The festival also included some local talent for entertainment.

The organizers say this may be the best turnout ever.

It’s an opportunity for both the shoppers and businesses.

“We try to bring the babies and moms every single year,” Alpacas of Montana owner James Budd said about his Alpacas. “It’s such an attraction. They love to see the people and it’s a really good experience, not only for the alpacas but to also show the public what Alpaca is.”

“A lot of these vendors, this is the only show they do all year,” said Amanda Sanderson, event director for the festival. “They’ll do this and they’ll do a wholesale show so this is the only place you can find their goods. And it’s very family oriented. We have lots of things for the kids. I look forward to this every year. It’s always a lot of work but it’s my favorite weekend of the year.”

The two-day festival ran on Saturday and Sunday.