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Bob Marshall Music Festival aims to stimulate local economy, adds new scholarship program


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SEELEY LAKE — The sub-zero temperatures may feel like they’re here to stay, but Montana’s summer festival season will be here before you know it. We’re excited to announce the Bob Marshall Music Festival returns to Seeley Lake for its third year with some exciting new additions.

It’s no secret that the town of Seeley Lake was nearly lost to the Rice Ridge Fire that charred more than 150,000 acres of surrounding forest last summer. The air quality devastated the community, both physically and financially. That’s why the Bob organizers set a goal to make this its biggest year yet, in hopes of regaining lost tourism revenue and boosting town morale.

The full concert lineup is still being finalized, but, so far it includes Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, the Brothers Comatose, Jive Mother Mary, Matt Strachan and Hoot Owls, Beat Deaf, and an evening with the Dueling Pianos duo. The full three-day festival offers camping, a VIP tent, dancing, yoga, group hikes, kids activities and more. There’s also the Seeley 50k, 25k, and 10k trail run that takes participants right through the Rice Ridge burn scar, which burned in a mosaic pattern in the mountains around Seeley. This means runners will experience the juxtaposition of both charred forest and lush greenery that only this Montana trail run can provide.

New this year, a groundbreaking opportunity for Montana high school seniors. We’re announcing a scholarship opportunity that will send a group of one to four graduates on a $3,000 road trip to open their mind on the open road. The goal is to broaden horizons, pushing the recipients outside their comfort zone while teaching them important life lessons, essentially kick starting their post-high school journeys. See the attached document for full application rules and deadlines.

As always, proceeds from the Bob Marshall Music Festival directly benefit the community of Seeley Lake through events like First Friday and additional music festivals. This undertaking wouldn’t be possible without our amazing sponsors, including Noon’s-Sinclair, First Interstate Bank, Stockman Bank, First Security Bank and many more.

All applications must be submitted by May 1st, 2018. Travel must be between July 1 and August 30. You can apply at http://www.thbobmusic.com (Open Road)/.


Open Your Mind on the Open Road Scholarship

Eligibility requirements:

Must be 18+ prior to travel

Must have clean record (criminal)

Valid driver’s license

Senior at a Montana high school

Award guidelines:

Scholarship recipient(s) will receive a $3,000 Visa gift card to be used for a road trip of their choice. The trip allows for up to four individuals. It must last between seven and 14 days and any money not spent at the conclusion will be surrendered back to the scholarship fund. Money may not be spent on drugs, alcohol, tobacco or firearms. Recipients will be given the option to use a vehicle provided by scholarship or their own. Scholarship organizers will not be responsible for any damage to personal vehicles.

There’s another caveat. Recipients will receive a list of tasks or activities that push them outside of their comfort zone. The recipients must complete at least six of their choosing. The list includes but is not limited to:

Perform an act of community service

Visit a national park

Sleep in a tent

Go to a music festival


Do something that scares you

Eat something weird

Have a meal with a stranger

Pay it forward (pay for meal, coffee, etc. for someone else)

Wake up before the sun rises

Stay up until the sun rises

Do something spontaneous

Break one of your own rules

Write a poem

Go 24 hours without looking at an electronic device (except to text scholarship director)

Use an atlas to get to a destination

Ask someone for directions

Take public transportation

Visit a college campus

Drive only on two-lane roads for an entire day, no interstates

Invent your own road trip game

Read a road trip book

Send your grandmother or mom daily postcards

Walk barefoot on the hot asphalt

Take time to breath in the smell and to see the sights and sounds of life

Scholarship recipients will also be required to check in with scholarship director at the end of each day via text message.

To apply:

Send a short bio including your name, school and post-high school plans, including what you like to do for fun and a little about your ambitions. In addition, tell us why you’re destined to take this road trip. This can be in the form of written or video essay. Applicants can lay out what trip you would take, where you would go and which tasks you would choose. Or, you can leave it a surprise. The rule is there are no rules regarding your application. Wow us! Show us a seize-the-day attitude that will ensure this trip changes your life. We want to make sure this is something you never forget.


All applications must be submitted by May 18. Travel must be between July 1 and

Aug. 30. You can apply at http://www.thbobmusic.com (Open Road).


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