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Red Ants Pants Music Festival

Violinist and vocalist Suzanne Santo of HoneyHoney performing at Red Ants Pants in 2018.
Clare Menahan

The Red Ants Pants Music Festival typically falls on the hottest weekend in July in Montana. Attendees are encouraged to provide their own shade in the form of bandanas, ten gallon hats and baseball caps. Now in its ninth year, this weekend’s festival is shaping up to be no different.

Thousands will descend upon the picturesque town of White Sulphur Springs starting Thursday, July 25 to delight in the parade of colorfully embroidered cowboy boots and the voices of some of today’s best country and americana artists.

For centuries, durable work clothes have been designed for men, but Sarah Calhoun, founder and owner of Red Ants Pants, is working to change that. This week on "Home Ground", we learn how White Sulfur Springs became the international headquarters of the first company dedicated to work-wear for women. It's also the home of the annual Red Ants Pants Music Festival, an event that supports rural families and communities across the state. 

A Sultry, Contagious, Montana Style Celebration

Aug 1, 2016
Lead singer Molly Rose from Underhill Rose on Saturday, July 30
Mara Silvers

It’s not easy to dodge swing dancers, listen to your third favorite band of the day, admire the red ant temporary tattoos, and still hold onto your beer. But this, and so much more, is what the Red Ants Pants 2016  Music Festival requires of its attendees. Through the 90 degree heat and layers of dirt, the festival was a contagious and sultry celebration, Montana style.

Lee Ritenour on stage during the 2014 Crown Guitar Festival.
Christopher Allen

Summer is prime-time for music festivals, and there are plenty to choose from in Montana. These 10 Montana music festivals will keep you singing and tapping your feet all summer.

7/8/14: This week on In Other Words: Beth Judy talks with Allie Olson and Kate Healy, the behind-the-scenes engines keeping the annual Red Ants Pants Music Festival rolling. The festival raises money for the Red Ants Pants Foundation, a non-profit supporting women’s leadership, working family farms and ranches, and rural communities.

6/3/14: This week on "In Other Words:" producer Jen Euell shares a recent Startup 101 panel, which was an introduction for new entrepreneurs, moderated by Diane Smith of American Rural.org.