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Oxx Fest celebrates local business

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Posted at 6:50 PM, Sep 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-14 20:50:00-04

Five years ago, 65 people enjoyed roasted pig at the very first Oxx Fest.

On Saturday, the food choices have expanded for the event that celebrates local businesses.

Oxx Fest V featured 18 food trucks and 20 arts and crafts vendors.

Red Oxx Manufacturing, Inc. makes all kinds of products including bags, backpacks and outdoor gear.

The company started in Billings in 1986 and just added a stage area with its new landscaping.

For many, Oxx Fest has become a tradition,

"A lot of people ask about it. when are you doing it," said Jim Markel, Red Oxx CEO. "School's already back in session, so it's kind of a last hurrah for summer. We've always sought to promote Made in Montana of course. So I think by bringing a lot of even smaller business than us together, we're stronger together. For the most part, you pray for good weather and you get that and it just kind of happens now."

Oxx Fest also included a tour of Red Oxx's factory.

Markel said he expects close to 2,000 to come out the Oxx Fest.