Red Lodge Songwriter Festival bringing music and tourists back to town

Jake Iverson

After historic flooding ripped through Red Lodge, the town’s looking to get back on its feet, and the Red Lodge Songwriter Festival could be just the helping hand that’s needed.

This will be the sixth event for the festival, but they’ve never had one quite like this before. This year’s event will be Thursday, June 23 through Saturday, June 25, and it’s the first major event back in Red Lodge after a flash flood wiped through areas of town along Rock Creek.

Mike Booth, who started the annual event back in 2016, is excited for the opportunity to welcome people back to Red Lodge.

“We need to get back on our feet as a community,” he said. “We’re a resort community really heavily based on summer activity, and bartenders and servers, people who live paycheck to paycheck, they’ve got to work. They’ve got to start making money.”

The Red Lodge Songwriter Festival could help with that. Booth estimates that between 1,000 to 1,500 people will attend the three day event. There are VIP packages that include lodging, but most of the tickets are in the form of passes that range from $15 – $175. Booth said some of the

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