The fourth annual Philipsburg Summer Concert and Charity Auction takes place this Sunday, August 18 beginning at noon.
The event features free admission, and all proceeds from the auction will go toward improvements to the tiny Montana Silver Rush town.
Cold Hard Cash, the Kelly Hughes Band and Mountain Moongrass will play the outdoor, terraced amphitheater at Winninghoff Park.
Between the music acts, the Rotary will present live and silent auction items. The live auction will be led by Elvis, an auctioneer who channels "the king" himself. Featured items include an opportunity to purchase land for 50% off the list price at the Whiskey Flats development, fishing and floating trips, lodging and cabin rentals, mountain bike and ski passes, log furniture, firewood, and a 100-year-old restored chuck wagon. Meanwhile, concert-goers can bid on over 100 smaller items in the silent auction.
Local charities will provide food concessions, with beer served by local favorite, The Philipsburg Brewing Company. The Brewery was just awarded a silver medal award for the Haybag Hefe at the Mountain Brew Fest in Idaho Falls. Haybag Hefe and Otter Water, their summer session pale ale, will be on tap.
Proceeds from auction sales support programs like the "Live in Philipsburg" community effort to attract young families who want to live and raise a family in the charming mountain town. In the past, concert proceeds allowed the Rotary to build the terraced amphitheater and NHL-sized hockey rink at Winninghoff Park. Philipsburg Town Councilman Craig Sorenson explained the musical success of the amphitheater. "I've gone to just about every venue in Montana for concerts: Missoula, Butte, Helena, Bozeman. I can honestly say I don't believe any venue matches the acoustic quality of Philipsburg's new amphitheater."
"All of us involved in the project have our own love of Philipsburg and the Granite County area and would like to share that with like-minded people," said Rotary Member Ed Lord. "We'd love to see Philipsburg bloom into its full potential."