Each year the community of Fort Benton sponsors Summer Celebration the fourth weekend in June. I always want to embellish that name a bit because just calling it Summer Celebration doesn’t explain the magnitude of the event.
First of all, it lasts three days. Friday’s festivities begin with a free noon pig roast courtesy of First Security Bank. If you’re still hungry, head to another bank for dessert after that. You can also see an old-time gun fight on Front Street, the street that parallels the river levee. The street is closed off and the fight goes on!
Of course, a variety of yummy food items for sale can be found all weekend. A huge art and craft sale called Art on the Levee draws artists, shoppers and lookers from many miles away.
Graduating classes from Fort Benton’s schools frequently schedule their class reunions during Summer Celebration so you have a lot of fun groups enjoying the ambience of this charming community.
Toss in a parade, music groups performing throughout the town, a street dance and tours of Fort Benton’s museums and interpretive center and well, the weekend is literally jam-packed.
A great event for locals and a memory-filled event for those on a Montana vacation!