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Here’s some business news in the Missoula area:

Montana’s oldest and largest beer festival will take place on Saturday, May 4 in Caras Park in downtown Missoula. The Garden City BrewFest, which was started in 1992 as the BRIW Fest, was the brainchild of the owners of Bayern Brewing, the Rhino bar, the Iron Horse and Worden’s Market.

On Saturday, from noon-7 p.m., guests can enjoy over 50 beers, hard seltzers and wines along with local food trucks and live music.

Admission to Caras Park is free, but people interested in sampling the beverages can get a 7-ounce glass and four tokens for $20. The event is the major fundraiser of the year for the Missoula Downtown Association.

New this year is the Brew Games Cornhole Tournament organized by students in the University of Montana Entertainment Management program. 

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“This is a great opportunity for students to have hands-on experience organizing an event, and it allows us to expand what is offered during Garden City BrewFest,” said Kristen Sackett, marketing and events director for the Downtown Missoula Partnership. “It’s important that we continue to strengthen relationships between Downtown and the campus community by

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