Red Ants Pants Music Festival

Red Ants Pants Music Festival

Every July, a cow pasture becomes more fun and exciting than center stage of Grant Park in Chicago, the Great Stage Park in Manchester, and Dover International Speedway combined. A community event rises up similar to “Field of Dreams” or an old-fashioned barn stomp roots in White Sulphur Springs, Montana every year during one of the hottest months of the year. Music, local food, beer, sunsets, agriculture and great company explains the Red Ants Pants Music Festival better than a lengthy blog or testimonial made by one of the 16,500 attendees from last year’s festival; however, we’re going to give you both the lengthy blog and the testimonial.

The Red Ants Pants created the Red Ants Pants Music Festival in 2011 as an event to raise money for their foundation. In the first year of the Red Ants Pants Music Festival, the event brought in over 6,000 people. Fast forward seven years and the festival has formed into a fantastic community-based event consisting of over 300 employees – 90 friends and family members (festival staff) and 250 festival volunteers. The Red Ants Pants Music Festival aims to celebrate rural Montana every year with exhilarating headliners including: Merle Haggard, Taj Mahal, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Lucinda Williams, Ben Bullington, Wynonna Judd, and 2018’s Dwight Yoakam.

With the Red Ants Pants being in the middle of a field, the staff insures the location is family friendly and accessible for all ages. A free shuttle is offered between the festival grounds and the town of White Sulphur Springs with local law enforcement ensuring every attendee is safe. Golf carts are also provided for any attendee who has a “hitch in their giddy-up.” A few different tents the staff have set up during this four-day outdoor music festival are: the artist merchandise, the festival merchandise tent, the kids tent, the beer garden, the dance area and so much more.

Proceeds from this festival fund a non-profit organization, the Red Ants Pants Foundation. To go along with the fun-filled atmosphere and hard work put into the festival weeks in advance, the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development named the Red Ants Pants Music Festival the 2018 Event of the Year.

Sarah Calhoun, creator of the Red Ants Pants, describes the foundation as one that simply brings people together. Nearing 100 reviews and over 16,000 likes on Facebook, the Red Ants Pants Music Festival is THE “must-do event” and “liveliest cow pasture in the west.”

Originating with a dream of foundation, tough textures and designs to produce confidence, the Red Ants Pants conquered their original goals. Spinning from hard work and determination, a woman with a dream was able to produce a highly recognizable, award-winning event. This is a particular event that a festi would not want to miss.

For the full story on the Red Ants Pants, music festival and foundation, visit or find the story in our September/October issue of the Pink Tractor magazine.



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