Red Ants Pants Music Festival is as much an economic development project as it is a music festival. When the festival first began five years ago, Meagher County in Montana was ranked as one of the poorest counties in the nation. But by its third year with an attitude that founder Sarah Calhoun said was an “only up from here mentality,” Red Ants Pants Music Festival was bringing an astounding $3 million into the community over the course of the weekend. A portion of the profits from the festival go to funding the Red Ants Pants Foundation, whose mission is to develop and expand leadership roles for women along with many other cool projects.
- You’re going there to see: Ryan Bingham, Lucero, The Turnpike Troubadors
- You’re going to come home talking about: Parsonsfield, The Lil’ Smokies
Denver to Jackson Ranch
10 hour, 11 minutes
Camping: There is an “enormous” campground adjacent to the festival grounds. Any camper, RV, tent, sheep wagon, tee pee, or vehicle is welcome.