Mt. Maurice Music Festival supports local agriculture with bluegrass, beer and outdoor fun

Not only did the Mt. Maurice Music Festival (MMMF) bring the community together to listen to good music at the Red Lodge Ales’ outdoor beer garden, but the money from sales also went to an important cause, dear to many Montanans alike: supporting local agriculture movements. At the 2nd annual MMMF, Aug. 9, three popular and semi-local bands came out to perform a folksy/bluegrass set for approx. 250 attendees, who danced, drank, ate and had a merry time.

M M M F o r g a n i z e r s Andy Sampson and Lee Eichelberger said the Mt. Maurice Foundation puts on the festival and the proceeds go towards helping various local, small-production agricultural causes. “We want the money to go towards funding smallscale agricultural projects. Anybody with an idea that has to do with local agriculture, we want to help them out,” Eichelberger said.

Like many new endeavors, the MMMF is still small in size, but Sampson and Eichelberger hope the festival will eventually grow into a multi-day festival with big headliners. Sponsored by the Bull ‘n’ Bear in Red Lodge, artists Dave and Emma Hart, The Kitchen Dwellers and headliner Jalan Crossland showed off their musical skills, as attendees both young and old showed off their dancing skills. Proceeds from this years’ MMMF went to Red Lodge’s Food Partnership Council, whose mission is also to advocate for different local food/agriculture movements.