Chokecherry Jam fun for all ages

Charlie Denison

Gary Wagner, center stage, laughs with his brother, Billy, right, during their performance Friday night. Their band, Intermission, brought people to the dance floor during this year’s Chokecherry Jam. Travis Grotbo, far left, and drummer Scott Williams also shared the stage.
Photo by Charlie Denison


“And the band played on” is a fitting way to describe Friday’s Chokecherry Jam in downtown Lewistown.

The weather wasn’t ideal, but Intermission – a Helena-based band featuring brothers Billy and Gary Wagner – got things started and kept it going, playing a wide array of country, folk, rock and blues.

“The band was great,” Fergus County 4-H Program Assistant and show co-organizer Jennifer Saunders said. “They played a fun variety.”

Saunders, who has been involved in this fundraiser for the past three years, said the show was again a success.

“Considering the weather, the turnout was great,” she said. “The evening turned out to be beautiful, but it was a little chilly.”

Nevertheless, people were dancing and Saunders and others were pleased.

“It was wonderful to see people of all ages, from toddlers to 90-year-olds, on the dance floor together,” Saunders said.

Sponsored by the Bank of the Rockies, Snowy Mountain Development and Allied Steel, the Chokecherry Jam raised funds for the Fergus County 4-H Program, the Boys and Girls Club of Lewistown and the Youth Empowerment Project. Approximately 298 people were in attendance, according to Saunders.



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