Bozeman, Montana's Sweet Pea Festival - A Festival Of The Arts. The Festival was founded to celebrate the arts in Bozeman and the surrounding region. Sweet Pea continues because Bozeman desires to continue celebrating the arts and the fact that art adds so much to the life of a community.
From The Sweet Pea website:
Founders. The Sweet Pea Festival had its humble beginnings in 1978. It was established to be a community event that celebrates, cultivates and promotes the arts in Bozeman". The founders of this event wrote on April 13, 1977; "a working committee took shape from an amorphous group of Bozemanites dedicating themselves to staging a three day "celebration of creativity" among the community ....".
Volunteer run. Sweet Pea has always been run and organized by volunteers. It has grown from a group of 17 organizers to 35 committees, 50 year-round Board members and up to 2,000 volunteers by the time all is accomplished for the current year.
Giving back to the community. Sweet Pea is the definition of community in its purest form. The original founders desired that the festival support and encourage cultural activities beyond the annual celebration.
To this end, the Sweet Pea Festival has a proud tradition of returning any funds gathered beyond expenses back to the Bozeman community.
Any profits realized above and beyond the year's expenses are given back to the community, each year, in the form of grants for arts, arts education and special projects, such as taking care of the beautiful park that hosts the Festival.
Funding. Sweet Pea is funded primarily by the sale of the admissions. The first organizers purchased two button making machines and five committee members created 1,000 buttons each. In 2004 over 19,000 buttons were sold.
You can volunteer. Sweet Pea has been an important part of the arts and the artistic and cultural life of Bozeman for nearly 30 years. It is the hope of all of the dedicated volunteers, past and present that Sweet Pea will continue on in the exciting and important tradition it has established and continue to remain the most cherished celebration that it is.
Premier Sweet Pea Festival Events include:
Sweet Pea Ball: Friday, July 31
Chalk on the Walk: Tuesday, August 4
Bite of Bozeman: Wednesday, August 5
Art Show Opening: Thursday, August 6
Children's Run: Saturday, August 8
Sweet Pea Parade: Saturday, August 8
Things To Do:
ARTS & CRAFTS
BITE OF BOZEMAN
CHALK ON THE WALK
CHURCH IN THE PARK
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