The annual Cut Bank Trails Brewfest has transformed to the Honor Fest this year, with the focus shifting to commemorate those who died during the 9/11 tragedy in 2001, while simultaneously celebrating first responders and municipal employees that serve today. 

“We want to honor 9/11 victims, but we also want to celebrate the local fire departments, law enforcement, medical providers and employees who provide municipal services like the gas, electric and water companies,” said Cut Bank Trails Board of Directors member Pat Murphy. “These people are just as instrumental in the world today as they were then­; making sure everything functions.”

Brewfest will be held behind the Moose Lodge on Railroad St. in Cut Bank, Saturday, Sept. 11, from 1-5 p.m. There will be multiple breweries present during the event, including Cut Bank Creek Brewery, Golden Triangle Brewery Co., Phillipsburg Brewing Co., three breweries represented by Eagle Beverage and five breweries represented by Gusto Distributing. 

Live music will also be featured through the course of the event, with Shane and Terry Schwindt performing. Food trucks will be onsite, and the Big Sky Café and Moose Lodge will have “back door” ordering available.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.cutbanktrails.com for $15 or at the gate for $25. Ticketholders will not only receive admission to the event but also a special tasting glass and two drink tickets. Additional refill tickets may be purchased for $2 each. 

Proceeds from the event will be used to fund the second phase of the Cut Bank Trails project. Phase two will connect Anna Jefferies Elementary School to the Cut Bank Sports Complex and the Glacier County Historical Museum. 

“We are really excited for Honor Fest. This is one of our major fundraisers of the year,” Murphy said. “It will play a big part in funding the next phase of the Cut Bank Trails project,” said Murphy. 

With construction for the next phase of the trail set to begin in the summer of 2022, fundraising is needed to raise the 13.4 percent required match for the Montana State Transportation Alternative Grant. This equates to approximately $120,000 in fundraising. 

Murphy is thrilled, not only for the second phase of the Cut Bank Trails project, but for what it means to the community of Cut Bank. 

“This is huge! Cut Bank Trails is continuing to grow in the community,” shared Murphy. “We (Cut Bank Trails Board of Directors) feel that these projects are good for the wellness of the community and that they have been well-received.” 

Sponsors for the event include: 

•Walker ($250-$500)–Cut Bank Tire, Glacier Motor Sales and Services, Big Sky Foods, Northern Ford, Albertsons, dtj real estate, Mountain Front Agency, Cut Bank Pioneer Press, Glacier Electric Co-op and Bell Motor Co.

•Jogger ($501-$1,000)–Leavitt Group Insurance and Gage Accounting.

•Runner ($1,001-$2,500)–Al’s Diesel, First Interstate Bank, Montana Living Realty, Edward Jones, Billman’s Inc., Billman’s Home Décor and Stockman Bank.

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