(Havre) – From September 15th to September 17th, the Havre Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the 2023 Havre Festival Days. Shelli Sayers the Office Manager for the Havre Chamber of Commerce talks about what events will be happening.
“We will start off the weekend with the fire fighter filling the boot all day, the Friends of the Library Book Sale will extend through the weekend, the Hi-Line Quilt Guild will have their quilt show at the Holiday Village Mall. Friday will also kick off the 48-Hour Softball tournament at Memorial Field at 6pm, and the Eagles will be hosting a street dance both Friday and Saturday night. Saturday is the Kiwanis Pancake Feed that will be held form 7 am to noon, the farmers market will be held form 8 am to 1 pm, the parade float judging will be gin at 9:15 am which also brings about the 43rd Annual Festival Days Parade. The Festival Days Craft and Vendor show will also be held at the Holiday Village Mall, there will also be a Model Train Run at the Frank Derosa Railroad Museum, KNMC will host a tribute band event at town square, the Jaycees will also host a Glow run. The Havre Trap club will also have a moonlight shoot at 8 pm and PJ’s Restaurant will be hosting a street dance. At 11am the Bear Paw Beast 1 Mile Family Run will be held on the MSU Northern Campus.”
She continues by talking about the parade for this year.
“We have a very good line up of events and floats and participants. We have Northwestern Energy, BNSF Railway, and Bearly Square Quilting are our sponsors this year so we greatly appreciate their sponsorship. We have a good line up of law enforcement, civic organizations, businesses. We are also very honored to have Bob and Kathy Doney as our grand marshals this year, they have done wonderful things and made great contributions to our community as the owners of Bob’s Greenhouse and just as people. So were just really excited to be able to honor them in our parade this year.”
She also talks about the history of the event.
“Well, it started in 1980, from what I understand, as an after harvest celebration and as a means for our community and the surrounding areas to come together to celebrate the completion of harvest.”
She then continues by talking about the impact the event has on Havre.
“Oh, I think Festival Days has a wonderful positive impact on our community, especially considering the fact that celebrating 130 years of community is our theme this year. It brings about our community and united them in the events that are going on around town.”
She goes on to talk about the commemorative items people can get for the event.
“We do have cups and mugs for sale this year. We have participating bars and restaurants that will be selling the mugs as well. we only have a limited number of the actual glass mugs this year since we’re transitioning to more of a stadium cups. So, there will be bars and restaurants in town that will be offering drink specials for those that bring in the mugs and the buttons we are selling we will have button drawings throughout the week proceeding festival days for an opportunity for folks to win prizes that were donated by local business and organizations. Also, there are participating businesses that if you walk in wearing a button you can receive a discount.”
She continues by talking about the prizes people can win from the button drawing.
“Well, Bullhook Community Health Center has donated a stadium blanket and hydro-flask, we have two $25 gift cards to Master Sports, we have water bottles from Hill County Parenting, gift cards and swag baskets from Parkers Barbecue Pit. We also have gift certificates to Norman’s Ranch Wear, Pacific Steel and Recycling has donated a barbecue bath pit, Bear Paw vet has also donated a $25 gift certificate. Triple Dog Brewing also donated $20 gift certificates, North Star athletic has donated gift certificates, Bosch Kuhr Dugdale and Brown also donated two $50 chamber bucks gift certificates, Triangle Communications donated a Bluetooth speaker, and JM and Donoven Jewelry has donated gift cards as well.”
She also talks about if registration for the parade and craft show is still open.
“Yes, registration for the Havre Festival Days parade and also the Vendor and Craft Show are open until Wednesday September 13th. So we encourage everyone even if they’re last minute registrations to sign up.”
She finishes by asking everyone to join the festivities.
“I just would like to encourage every one in Havre and the surrounding communities to come out and enjoy the wonderful event that Havre community has to offer during those three days. It’s always a good time and there are events held for all ages and we look forward to seeing everybody out and about.”