LOLO – Members of the Montana Trappers Association want the public to hear their side of the story.
On the weekend of May 18 and 19, they’ll offer everything they know to the people who walk through the door at the Lolo Community Center to attend the first ever Montana Trappers Heritage Celebration.
“The Montana Trappers Association want to open up some dialogue with the public and be more open about what we do,” said Toby Walrath, the association’s District 2 director. “We want to allow the public to find out more about our side of the story. We think this is a good way to do that.”
The event is open to anyone wanting to learn more about the trapper heritage.
There is a $2 admission at the door. Children under 12 are free. And there will be family discounts. All of the money raised at the event will go toward three $500 scholarships offered to youth by the association, the Montana Trapper Education Program and Sportsman’s Rights Protection Fund.
Walrath said the event will feature a pair of trap setting contests for both youth and adults. There will be at least 14 vendors. People will be able to take a look at a historical trapper’s cabin.
Lloyd Priest of Lolo will be at the event both days dressed in his buckskins to talk about the history of the mountain man.
“He’ll be doing mountain man re-enactment both days,” Walrath said. “He’ll be casting bullets and demonstrating other primitive skills for people.”
The event will also feature a visit from both Miss Rodeo and Miss Teen Rodeo Montana.
On Saturday at 5 p.m., trapper association members will work with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks employees to demonstrate the correct way to release a variety of traps.
“It’s a great opportunity for people to come learn about trapping heritage,” Walrath said. “We would like to have both trappers and non-trappers attend.”
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