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Watford City Homefest And Art In The Park To Feature Art, Live Music, Games And More July 12-13


The Watford City Area Chamber of Commerce and the McKenzie County Long X Arts Foundation are helping to keep the Homefest tradition alive in Watford City July 12-13 as a way to welcome those returning for a visit and those who have made Watford City their new home.

Events on Friday kick off with an art exhibit by artist Miles Bendixson at the Pioneer Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by tours of the new McKenzie County Healthcare System facility from 2 to 4 p.m.

And in true Homefest Tradition, food and music can be found on Main Street from 5 to11 p.m. featuring the Balderdash Band. Golfers can take part in the Trish Gravos Memorial Golf Scramble at 5 p.m. at Fox Hills Golf Course. And at 7 p.m., watch area students perform Robinson Crusoe at the Intermediate School as part of the Missoula Children's Theater. At dark, enjoy a firework's display sponsored by MCHS.

Saturday is full of fun, starting with the Relay for Life Homefest Run at 9 a.m. on Main Street. Robinson Crusoe will be performed once again at 10 a.m. and over at the Pioneer Museum, Miles Bendixson will have a public reveal of his new piece "Bygone Era" from 10 to10:30 a.m.

Art In The Park

The Long X Arts Foundation is back at it again as host of the Homefest Art in the Park from 11a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Grab your friends and family and shop over thirty artists, crafters, makers and bakers as well as a variety of vendors and food options. This year's event will feature the HESS Hands-On Art Tent for Kids and families where the public can enjoy being creative with FREE art projects conducted by Paisley's Treasures, Quick Draw Art Studio, Fort Union and FREE face painting sponsored by McKenzie County Farmer's Union.

Artist Brenda Molinaro will also be on hand to help you throw your own pottery.

The sporty types can get involved by signing up teams for the Family Kickball or Sand Volleyball tournaments taking place at the Children's Park and Legion Field throughout the day. Contact Ian with Parks and Rec at 701-842-3665 to register your team. 

"The best part of this event is that there is creativity and activity around every corner," said Long X Arts Foundation Director Jessie Scofield. "We have a really cozy space with the playground, Legion Field and Main Street as our backdrop and the day will be full of fun ways to interact with your neighbors."

And if you're looking for live entertainment, Art in the Park has you covered as well starting with Getting' Outta Dodge at 11 a.m., followed by nationally touring act George of the Juggle at 12 noon.

Beaver Creek Creations will be hosting the ever popular Baby Pageant at 1 p.m., followed by music by Amanda Johnson and Tim Ritter at 2 p.m. Pet lovers will enjoy the pet costume contest and parade sponsored by Watford City Veterinary Center at 3 p.m. and the Larson Brothers will wrap up the day's entertainment at 4 p.m.

Across the street from the Children's Park, the Pioneer Museum and Long X Visitor Center will be serving up dime sundaes all day.

Finish the night off with food and music on Main Street from 5 to 11 p.m. featuring music by Lexi Wyman. See you there and welcome home!

For a full schedule and list of vendors visit Questions about Art in the Park, contact Jessie at 701-770-8659 or [email protected]

For questions about the Homefest schedule contact the Watford City Area Chamber of Commerce at 701-570-5084 or [email protected]


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