Craig, MT Hosts 13th Annual Caddis Festival

Fundraiser for local Volunteer Fire Department includes BBQ Cook-Off, Auctions, Live Music

Craig, MT, April 03, 2019 --( The Craig Caddis Festival and BBQ Cook-Off Planning committee met this week to choose a winner for its’ annual poster contest. This year’s competition proved fierce, with talented artists of various ages submitting artwork. So fierce, in fact, the works of five local artists were chosen to represent the 2019 event. The artists include Isabel Bonilla, Christa Hardy, Ethan Mackie, Steve Pattee and Madelyne Joan Templeton.

“The planning committee enjoys supporting local artists through the poster contest,” says Mark Raisler, Craig local and owner of Headhunters Fly Shop. “This year was particularly difficult to decide upon because of the variety and quality of the art.”

The artwork is used as the basis for the event poster and then sold during the live auction. The proceeds from the sale are then split 50/50 between the artist and the Craig Volunteer Fire Department. Raisler, co-chair of the planning committee, says that last year the event resulted in a $14,000 donation to the group.

The BBQ Cook-Off consists of ten or more competitors barbecuing up their best for attendees. At 3 p.m. the $3 bites begin, followed shortly by the parade. The parade features the Sparkettes and is open – without a fee – to any who would like to participate.

Beginning at 4 p.m. there is live music from the Up in the Air Band. Throughout the day, community businesses are open and The FunZone is on hand to entertain children and families.

“Both the silent and live auctions are fun and a great way for the community to be involved,” says Lynn Kenyon, owner of Live in MT Real Estate and co-chair of the planning committee. Donations are accepted until the day of the event. “There is something for everyone! Certainly, items that highlight the river and Craig’s love of fly fishing, but also special art pieces, gift certificates, antiques, and more. There are no bid minimums.”

Event information can be found at or on their Facebook page @craigcaddisfestival.
Lynn Kenyon