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Community Camaraderie: Three Forks Ladies Night Fall Walk Set for October 5

What started with a handful of local businesses trying to get people out and resuming normal activities after the COVID-19 pandemic, the Three Forks Ladies Night Fall Walk has blossomed into a popular annual event in Southwest Montana.

The fourth annual Three Forks Ladies Night Fall Walk is scheduled for Thursday, October 5, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will feature 22 Main Street Area businesses as well as “pop-up” businesses at various locations.

One of the organizers, Pam Carey of Legacy Trading, said she joins the 21 other businesses in being very excited for the event.

“The cooperation and camaraderie shared between businesses as we meet and prepare for the event strengthens our Main Street relationships and friendships. It is awesome to showcase Three Forks as we host a fun-filled evening for women of all ages to come together and enjoy drinks, dining, and shopping,” Carey said.

Since the inaugural event, the Three Forks Ladies Night Fall Walk has grown in business participation and attendees each year.

“We started off with eleven businesses, and now it has doubled. Our attendance has increased every year and has become an event that is looked forward to. Our participating businesses share the event in their advertising, reaching a larger audience,” said Carey. “We were fortunate that the first Thursday in October is generally mild weather, and the activities calendar for Three Forks is light.

The positive response and enthusiasm have fueled its continuation.”

Each participating business contributes merchandise, dining certificates, or services for prizes.

“The donated items are amazing. The team Plaza Bar collects all the donated items and creates beautifully arranged gift baskets.

We wind up with around 30 baskets to be drawn. There is no cost to participate. Attendees simply get a Walking Card and go to each business to get the business square stamped. A completed card is returned to the Plaza Bar for validation and entry into the drawings.

If a participant makes a purchase at a business, they get additional coupons to enter in the drawings,” Carey said.

According to Carey, due to the growth of the Three Forks Ladies Night Fall Walk, organizers have had to make some adjustments in 2023.

“This year, participants can get their Walking Card from any participating business rather than our previous starting points of Remuda Coffee and the Plaza Bar. It was inconvenient for our participants if they were parked at one end of town and had to go down Main Street just to start. This should allow the event to flow easier with participants spread out.

Our participating businesses will be decorated in a fall/harvest theme, creating a more festive atmosphere. We will also have some volunteers helping at the Plaza to get validated cards and extra coupons in the baskets participants would like to be entered into,” Carey said.

The Three Forks High School Cheer Squad will be hosting a fundraiser during the event on the island of Legacy Trading and will be selling pulled pork sandwiches, beans, and smoked mac and cheese. The funds will be used for cheerleading supplies.

The annual Three Forks United Methodist Church Fall Rummage Sale will also occur on October 5, with shopping available from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Annex at 124 2nd Avenue East.

Carey sees the event as a great transition from summer activities to fall.

“It has people looking forward to the events and activities that come in the last months of the year. People start thinking about Holiday shopping and events and how our businesses can provide services, merchandise, and meals as they navigate the season. Check out Three Forks and come back, spend the day or, better, a night, and enjoy drinks, dining, and shopping. Build in some pampering by refreshing a hairstyle, nourishing skin care, or relaxing massage. Come see what Three Forks offers,” she said.

The 22 Main Street Area businesses participating in the event include Roots Hair Studio, Legacy Trading, Beyond Beauty, Be Lazy Quilting, 3 Rivers Laundry, Three Forks Floral, Rusty Bucket Antiques, V42 Fitness, Three Rivers Yoga, Book Therapy and Moore, Mamabear Keepsakes, The Shoppe Pastry & Coffeehouse, The Studio Gallery, Plaza Bar, Frontier Club, Sacajawea Hotel, Glacier Kettle Korn, Stageline Pizza, Gallatin Valley Vision, Remuda Coffee, Town Club, and the Iron Horse Café & Pie Shop.

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