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On Deck 8: A Montana Skate Park Fundraiser

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     It's a sport not sanctioned by any schools or leagues, but skateboarding is becoming more and more popular by the day.  

     The Montana Skate Park Association is a big part of the sports success in Montana, and is set to host On Deck 8, an art fundraiser for local skate parks.

     "I think it's helpful because it tries to keep us away from doing drugs, and it keeps our mind off stuff.  You just skate and have fun," says skate boarder Koltin Polinsky.

     The Montana Skate Park association has built skate parks, and improved parks throughout the state, priding themselves on the quality of the facilities.  

     "Not only is it a place for skate boarders to congregate and meet up, but the facilities themselves are really high end so all the features that you'll find are some of the best things around," says Montana Skate Park Association President Chris Bacon.

     A large part of fundraising for the Montana Skate Park Association is their annual fundraiser On Deck…which combines the art of skateboarding, and more traditional forms of art.

     "We sent out blank boards all around the country and Canada, and have a bunch of different artists work on them in whatever way they see fit, we get them back, photograph them, put them on our web site, and you can bid online up until the day of the show, and then a live auction at the Brink Gallery that night," says Bacon

     "It's a great benefit.  I like to come here because its free, and it's bigger than what we have, the drops are bigger, and we like to skate street style, so these drops are good," says Polinsky

     And it's not just the skaters who reap the benefits from this years On Deck 8, any art fan would be interested in the live auction and show happening at the Brink Gallery

     "We also have a couple of cool prints to raffle off from a skateboard artist, and some unique art that is on loan to us that is all made with skateboards, so it will be a pretty cool time," says Bacon.

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